A Survey of the Needs of Jewish Social Science Research

By Victor D. Sanua

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Fall 1963

The author argues that the field of Jewish social science is characterized by a general apathy and lack of vigor in spite of the intellectual resources which have been so characteristic of the Jewish community. With the help of a number of social scientists, he describes some of the many lacunae which exist and where there is a need for American Jewry to develop a research instrumentality worthy of its reputation. One of the general reasons offered for this dearth of research is that Jewish scholars in secular fields may be reluctant to study differences while the emphasis in the United States' melting pot is on similarities. He argues that if a secure place is to be developed for Jewish social science, a well-financed organization needs to be established with responsibilities to encourage and initiate support of research, and to disseminate its findings. To enhance the prospect of community support, such an organization should be established within the framework of a general institution of Jewish learning.

Topic: Sociology, Sectarianism, Jewish Identification, Psychology/Psychiatry, Jewish Organizations, Scholarship, Academic Research

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 40/ No. 1

Page Number(s): 48-57

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Sanua, Victor D. A Survey of the Needs of Jewish Social Science Research. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1963: 48-57. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5136


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