The Conference of Jewish Communal Service is the largest professional Jewish organization in North America dealing with issues of social welfare, communal well-being, and professional concems relative to the entire field of Jewish communal service. As part of its work, the Commission, working through an Advisory Committee chaired by Donald Feldstein, conducted a survey of the membership of the Conference dealing with a wide variety of issues relating to the activities of the Conference and to other professional concerns.
The survey questionnaire, designed largely by Daniel Mann and then-Conference Executive Director Matthew Penn was mailed in January 1982. Approximately 750 completed questionnaires were received by mid-March. These were transmitted to the Benjamin S. Homstein Program in Jewish Communal Service at Brandeis University, which was engaged by the Conference to conduct the data analysis and prepare a preliminary report on the findings. This preliminary report was presented to Conference numbers at the 1982 Annual Meeting of the Conference.