The Jewish Safety Net Responds to the Economic Crisis: A Case Study of Greater Los Angeles

By Jenna Fields

Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion School of Jewish Communal Service, April 2010

This research serves as a case study of the Los Angeles Jewish community in the aftermath of the economic crisis that hit in 2008. Jewish individuals and families experienced tremendous financial and psychological challenges in the face of the recession and looked to the LA Jewish safety net including schools, social services, Jewish Federation of Los Angeles and the Jewish Community Foundation for support. This investigation follows the actions of the safety net organizations between February 2009 and February 2010 as they responded to the needs of community members through crisis-related initiatives including a small grants program, resource fairs, a crisis warm line and community meetings. Based on interviews with key informants and observations of major community initiatives, this study offers a timeline of events as well as critical feedback of the programs and relationship building that occurred. Using the theoretical framework of network Judaism, this thesis provides recommendations for enhancing the collaboration model in order to continue to serve constituents impacted by the crisis and to sustain long-term Jewish organizational networks in the region.

Topic: Communal Responsibility, Social Services, Crisis Management, Mental Health, Economy, Jewish Organizations

Name of Publication: HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (formerly School of Jewish Communal Service) Masters Theses

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Genre: Thesis

Coverage: Los Angeles, California , United States

Language: English

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Fields, Jenna. The Jewish Safety Net Responds to the Economic Crisis: A Case Study of Greater Los Angeles. HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (formerly School of Jewish Communal Service) Masters Theses. Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion School of Jewish Communal Service. April 2010: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5130


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