This article explores the various assumptions that have evolved out of the Jewish community relations field and what their impact might be on the field as well as the environment and context in which they developed. The author asserts that demographic changes in population and religion may impact the role and approach of Western religions. The piece highlights the specific gravitation toward religious groups and the growing separation between different groups. Important assumptions for consideration include the belief that human rights are indivisible as well as specific concerns related to changes in the religious climate and the role of social discrimination. The piece concludes by recommending that community relation workers look into these assumptions in addition to affirming the need for more testing and discussion.
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Slawson, John. An Examination of Some Basic Assumptions Underlying Jewish Community Relations Programs. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Winter 1959: