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Transmitting and Enhancing Jewish Knowledge, Experience, and Unity Through Professional Practice with the Aged

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Publication Date: January 1990

Publisher(s): Conference of Jewish Communal Service (U.S.)

Author(s): Tovah Lichtenstein

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 66:4

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Cultural heritage and preservation)
Population and demographics (Older people)

Keywords: Employment; Social Services; Elderly

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


When working with the aged, the goal of Jewish communal service should be the transmission of Jewish knowledge and experience as ends in themselves, rather than as a means of ensuring Jewish continuity. The aged should be helped to gain Jewish knowledge so they can assume their traditional role as repositories of wisdom. The process of life review, which is a task of old age, can be used as a motivating force in the pursuit of Jewish knowledge.