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The Ethics of Circumventing the Waiting list

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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

Topic: Social conditions (Community life and organization)
Social conditions (Social values)

Keywords: Ethics; Social Services; Religion

Type: Report

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.