Sectarianism and the Jewish Community

By Ben Halpern

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Fall 1965

Jewish concern with issues relating to sectarianism in relation to broader society is different from the concerns of Christians and other gentiles relating to the same topic, the author suggests, because the situation of Jews as a sectarian minority uniquely contains simultaneously an ethnic, a religious and a national component in the minority status. In America, this unique status has caused Jews to stand unequivocally in support of a high wall of separation between church and state, he notes, far beyond the positions of Christian sects. Similarly, he argues, concern within the American nonprofit communal world about separating sectarian services from non-sectarian services are a uniquely Jewish area of concern. The author contrasts Jewish and Christian stances toward sectarianism, and argues that the Jewish community must fight the centrifugal tendencies of the Jewish community and learn to stand together despite diverse opinions on these and other issues.

Topic: Political Behavior, Jewish-Christian Relations, Culture, Sectarianism, Religion and State, Jewish Communal Service, Ethnicity, Politics

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 42/No. 1

Page Number(s): 6-17

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Halpern, Ben. Sectarianism and the Jewish Community. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1965: 6-17. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5082


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