The Meaning and Significance of Jewish Survival

By Walter S. Wurzburger

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Spring 1964

The author argues that current Jewish thinking is plagued by an almost obsessive preoccupation with the problem of survival. He looks at this issue in the context of Jewish social agencies, arguing that if the Jewish social agency is to make any contribution towards a more meaningful Jewish experience, it must reflect a wholesome approach of Jewish ethical and cultural and religious values. For this purpose, the social group worker requires not merely a passing acquaintance with the socio-cultural background of his clients, nor merely a factual objective knowledge of Jewish values, but a positive affirmative commitment to his Jewishness, so that all the activities of the Jewish social agency can be directly and organically linked to the pursuit of authentic Jewish ideals.

Topic: Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), Social Work, Jewish Content, Jewish Identification, Values, Community Centers

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 40/No. 3

Page Number(s): 307-316

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Wurzburger, Walter S. The Meaning and Significance of Jewish Survival. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Spring 1964: 307-316. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5379


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