Forum IV: Jewish Communal Leadership: a View From the Sources
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
Keywords: Leadership; Jewish Text; Communal Responsibility
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.