"Jewish" Problems in Vocational Counseling

By Preston David, Roland Baxt

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare, March 1948

In varying degrees most people have vocational problems at one time or another. Minority groups, however, in addition to the usual difficulties, have other handicaps in the search for satisfactory employment. This paper is concerned with Jewish vocational problems which go beyond the normal vocational conflicts of persons in the general community. These are specialized situations which develop in Jewish communities and call for specialized solutions. They are posed by Jews and, in large measure, demand answers from Jewish agencies. Vocational problems for Jews are reflected in the fact that, as a group, they are concentrated in a limited number of occupations. This has been shaped by many forces, past and present: tradition, the continuation and transfer of European work skills to this country, unequal job opportunities, the preference of many Jews for white-collar jobs, and other contributory factors. There are two major reasons: one, external in the form of employment discrimination; two, internal whereby Jews voluntarily choose certain occupations and avoid others.

Topic: Social Services, Jewish Content, Unemployment, Prejudice, Employment, Discrimination, Jobs

Name of Publication: The Jewish Social Service Quarterly

Editor: Aptekar, Herbert H.

Volume/Issue: Vol.24/no.3

Page Number(s): 274-279

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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David, Preston. Baxt, Roland. "Jewish" Problems in Vocational Counseling. The Jewish Social Service Quarterly. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Social Welfare. March 1948: 274-279. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=6054


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