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Essential Competencies for the Jewish Communal Professional

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Publication Date: September 1983

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

Author(s): David Dubin

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 60: 1

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Jewish Organizations; Professionalism; Jewish Identification

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The mission of Jewish objectives is inextricably related to the essential skills of professional practice. A worker with a strong Jewish commitment, but lacking in organizational and diagnostic skills is limited in what he can achieve as a practitioner even though his heart may be in the right place. A Jewishly committed caseworker is not effective if he does not have the skill to diagnose the significance of ethnicity or religious practice in either problems of self-image or familial conflict. A Jewishly committed group worker is ineffective if he does not have the skill to market and engineer an important cultural program. A Jewishly committed Federation worker is ineffective if he lacks the conceptual or communication skills to design and promote a new program of Jewish education and so on.

In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 60: 1.