Respective Roles of Synagogal and Other Jewish Agencies

By Sidney Z. Vincent

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

This is a report of the Subcommittee on Respective Roles of Synagogal and Other Jewish Agencies of the Committee on Public Issues of the National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. It was asked to examine the problem and to see if it could be formulated in such ways as would enable members of the Conference to see the problems more clearly, approach them more thoughtfully and act on them in accordance with such clarity and thoughtfulness, but by their own lights. The material below, arrived at in the course of those meetings, is offered as a limited statement which we hope will both enable and stimulate members of the Conference to pursue the subject further, discuss it with colleagues and others, and move toward calm resolution of some of the issues and conflicts. One of the distinctive characteristics of Judaism is that it does not make sharp and arbitrary distinctions between the sacred and the secular. The result has been that Jewish life historically has been enriched by the vigorous participation of rabbis in "secular" problems and by laymen undertaking religious responsibilities that in other traditions would be reserved for clerics. Institutionally, this lack of compartmentalization has been vastly enriching, but also productive of problems of relationship. Precisely how can synagogues and lay agencies relate to each other most effectively, making their special competence most available to each other, but avoiding jurisdictional disputes?

Topic: Jewish Federations, Conflict Resolution, Leadership, Clergy, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 40/No. 2

Page Number(s): 247-251

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Vincent, Sidney Z. Respective Roles of Synagogal and Other Jewish Agencies. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Winter 1963: 247-251. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5339


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