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Doing with Less: The Ethics of Diminshed Resources

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Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): David S. Ribner

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 68:2

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Social conditions (Community life and organization)
Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: Funding; Social Services; Religion

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

When demands for communal services or resources outstrip their supply, Jewish communal professionals face agonizing decisions about how to distribute the available resources in an equitable manner. This article examines some ethical guidelines found in classical Jewish texts that apply to the distribution of limited resources and contrasts them to contemporary explorations of this topic, particularly affirmative action.