The Ethics of Circumventing the Waiting list
Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America
Author(s): Norman Linzer
Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 68:2
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Ethics; Social Services; Religion
Coverage: United States
By describing an ethical dilemma that is encountered frequently by federation professionals—requests by an infiuential lay leader to circumvent the waiting list for a federation facility — this article demonstrates different ways of thinking about ethics, thereby providing professionals with conceptual tools for analysis. This case illustration serves as a model for the resolution of ethical dilemmas faced by professionals working in any Jewish communal agency; that resolution requires deliberation, a willingness to weigh the many variables and values in conflict, and a tolerance for ambiguity.