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Jewish Communal Service Today: Paradoxes and Problems

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Publication Date: January 1994

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

Author(s): Gerald B. Bubis

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 71:1

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Community life and organization)
Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: Professions; Social Services; Communal Organization

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This article attempts to analyze the issues we in the field of Jewish communal service face as we continue to confront our possibilities as professionals. These issues — among them, the degree to which Jewish communal service is a profession and different models of professionalism — assume greater importance in the face of the increasing financial constraints under which Jewish not-for-profit organizations (NPOs) operate today. The professional status of Jewish communal service is no longer an academic question as it is coming under increasing threat in today's cost-cutting environment. We in the field must move to develop a clearer model for Jewish communal service that would clarify the essential attributes of Jewish communal professionals, rationalize salaries and benefits, including setting an appropriate entry-level salary standard, and establish new ways of certifying and monitoring practice.