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

Author(s): Ralph Dolgoff

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 52:1

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: Social Work; Communal Service; Higher Education

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This article examines the demographics of those working in social work or studying to be social workers. The author finds that many working as social workers do not hold post-baccalaureate degrees. Furthermore, an even smaller amount possesses degrees (graduate or undergraduate) that specialize in Jewish communal social work. In fact, many most working in the field of social work do not possess a bachelor’s of social work (or related field) at all. The author analyzes statistical data concerning the graduation rates of Jewish communities and uses this data to convey the importance of having a Jewish Communal Service program in colleges and universities.

In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 52:1