Jewish Values and Jewish Social Service

By Alfred J. Kutzik

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Fall 1959

This article explores the relationship and tension between Jewish values and Jewish social services. The piece begins by highlighting the complex history of the American Jewish community with specific attention to the role of the Eastern European immigrant majority and the unforeseen clash of values with American born Jews. The piece also asserts that it is a fallacy to assume that American values and Jewish values are the same, noting that definitions of Jewish values have not been analyzed frequently and that they have not been accessed as a single unified value system. The piece concludes by supporting a Jewish value system that is among other things composed of conflicting antidemocratic and democratic norms in addition to democratic secular values to guide the work of the Jewish social service.

Topic: Culture, Social Services, Immigration, Community Relations, Values

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 36/No. 1

Page Number(s): 79-89

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Kutzik, Alfred J. Jewish Values and Jewish Social Service. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1959: 79-89.


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