Effect of Increased Public Funds on Jewish Federations and Agencies

By Max S. Perlman

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Fall 1957

This piece explores the effects of increased federal, state and local aid on Jewish agencies and the federation. Jewish social agencies began to first feel the effects of public funds in the early 20th century with the Mother's Pension Movement and the first Department of Public Welfare. The piece notes that with more aid provided toward financial security, Jewish agencies were given freedom to move away from issues involving economic need and focus on new areas of service including family life education, and working for the improvement of social conditions. The increase of institutions and funding to support the aged has reduced pressure for financial support from Jewish agencies to support the Jewish aged and more support could be directed towards creating satisfying lives for the aged. The piece concludes by asserting that the Jewish communal budget and purposes must constantly be reevaluated as various increases in funding raises questions about the distinctively Jewish character of Jewish agencies.

Topic: Social Services, Jewish Content, Children, Allocations, Distributions, Aging, Public Policy, Elderly, Government

Name of Publication: The Jewish Social Service Quarterly

Editor: Aptekar, Herbert H.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 34/No. 1

Page Number(s): 15-22

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Perlman, Max S. Effect of Increased Public Funds on Jewish Federations and Agencies. The Jewish Social Service Quarterly. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1957: 15-22. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5353


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