Baby Boomers, Public Service, and Minority Communities: A Case Study of the Jewish Community in the United States

By David M. Elcott

Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner (BJPA), Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA), NYU Wagner, Spring 2010

In this report, Dr. David Elcott finds that most Jewish Baby Boomers see retirement as a time for work and service, not rest. But he argues that organizations serving ethnic or religious communities are unprepared to tap this potentially huge influx of talent and experience. Based on a nationwide survey of 34 metropolitan Jewish communities conducted in July 2009, the survey elicited the attitudes of more than 6,500 individual Baby Boomer respondents about their future plans for public service and civic engagement. In addition to analyzing the survey data, Elcott offers recommendations on how the Jewish community can find substantial pathways that will engage Baby Boomers in communal institutional life.

Survey data can be found here, here, and here.

Topic: Retirement, Jewish Communal Service, Engagement, Generational Issues, Jewish Organizations, Volunteerism, Service

Funder: Eleanor M. and Herbert D. Katz Family Foundation , Levitt Family Foundation

Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

Copyright Information: Download for personal use, freely distribute link

Bibliographic Information:
Elcott, David M. Baby Boomers, Public Service, and Minority Communities: A Case Study of the Jewish Community in the United States. Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner (BJPA),Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA), NYU Wagner. Spring 2010: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5154


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