The Jewish Communal Agency--An Historical Perspective

By Charles Zibbell

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Fall 1964

Many Jews are concerned about the division between the synagogue as the home of Jewish "religious" activity and the "secular" institution as the provider of communal services. The author briefly traces the history of Jewish communal service from the biblical period to modern times, noting that "tzedakah" or communal giving has been essential to Jewish life for centuries. Since the "religious" and the "secular" are both modern inventions, the artificial separation between the synagogue and the communal service agency today masks the actual connections between them. Contemporary Jews should take comfort in their similarities to communities of the past and celebrate rather than denounce healthy divisions within Judaism.

Topic: History, Jewish Communal Service, Community Development, Jewish Organizations, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 41/No. 1

Page Number(s): 75-82

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Zibbell, Charles. The Jewish Communal Agency--An Historical Perspective. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1964: 75-82. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4856


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