This article explores the lack of an overall philosophy in Jewish communal service and what kind of considerations should go into the creation of a philosophy to guide this field. The piece identifies two approaches for consideration, one of which is the positivist viewpoint, which is motivated by the preservation of Jewish cultural and religious aspects. The author finds this to be inadequate. The second approach is a pragmatic approach, which is focused more on the American social work scene as it relates to empowerment of individuals, groups and communities to grow and determine their destinies. The author finds that this approach ignores the existing attitudes and values that may motivate and inform approaches. The piece concludes by advocating for an integrated approach that can help create the foundations of a philosophy for the Jewish communal service.
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Miller, Charles. Toward a Philosophy of Jewish Communal Service. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1959: