Poverty in the Jewish Community

By Saul S. Leshner

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Spring 1967

Contemporary poverty goes beyond a lack of financial resources, and is also characterized by a lack of access to cultural resources as well. Very little data exists on poor Jews, but the limited data available indicates that there is no poverty, or at least that community organizations do not know of poverty, except among elderly and ill Jews. There is, however, a number of marginally poor Jews, whose family incomes exceed the federal poverty line but who are essentially living at a subsistence level. It is this group with whom Jewish communal organizations have the most contact, and where these organizations will be able to assert the greatest influence.

Topic: Socioeconomic Status, Communal Responsibility, Social Services, Poverty, Jewish Organizations, Family

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 43/No. 3

Page Number(s): 245-248

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Leshner, Saul S. Poverty in the Jewish Community. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Spring 1967: 245-248. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5022


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