Sectarian Social Work and the Changing Functions of Formal Religion

By B. H. Chetkow

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

The author examines some of the problems facing sectarian communities over time in terms of the changing functions of two key institutions - religion and welfare (i.e. social services) - in the American Jewish community. He outlines the changing functions of religion, and of rabbis, among American Jews, and reviews the development of Jewish welfare services in the US. He notes that Jewish social services has come to espouse goals related to Jewish identity, continuity, and even spirituality, in addition to its original goals of pure social service. Noting the convergence of rabbinical and Jewish social work core values, the author argues that synagogues and Jewish welfare organizations must work together to help Judaism survive in an era of mass media, mass culture and economic prosperity.

Topic: Continuity, Social Services, Culture, Social Work, Sectarianism, Jewish Content, Jewish Communal Service, Welfare, Modernity, Jewish Continuity, Clergy, Values

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 39/No. 4

Page Number(s): 358-367

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Chetkow, B. H. Sectarian Social Work and the Changing Functions of Formal Religion. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Summer 1963: 358-367.


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