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Forum IV: Jewish Communal Leadership: a View From the Sources

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Publication Date: January 1990

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

Author(s): Gerald A. Teller

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 67:1

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Business (Business organization, administration, and management)
Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Community life and organization)

Keywords: Leadership; Jewish Text; Communal Responsibility

Type: Report


The Talmud and the medieval rabbis examined in depth the responsibilities of communal leadership. They struggled with the issue whether leaders should reflect the will of the people or create communal priorities. Today, as in the past, it is the task of communal leadership both to reflect the needs of the community and to give the community a sense of purpose and vision.