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Publication Date: March 1983

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

Author(s): David Eskenazi

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 59:3

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Community life and organization)

Keywords: Jewish Organizations; Jewish Values and Ethics; Theology

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This article looks at the disappearance of God within Jewish communal discourse and argues for the reintroduction of God concepts into the worldview of Jewish communal professionals. He calls for professionals to recognize their place in the Jewish tradition and their responsibility to bear witness to this tradition as a part of his or her job expectation. The Jewish worker ought to have enough self-comfort to guide, teach, learn, and encounter others. S/he makes his or her most profound contribution by being a role model—essentially, an imitation of God.

In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 59:3.