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Publication Date: June 1979

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

Author(s): Norman Linzer

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 55-4

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: Jewish Organizations; Social Services; Values

Type: Report


The author juxtaposes social work values with traditional Jewish sources, and asserts that the two fields of thought are similar to one another without undue stretching of either. He discusses how the Jewish concepts of hesed, tzedakah, mitzvah and Halakha can illuminate the social worker's professional identity, his function in the community, and the role of a Jewish agency as a mediator between society and individual.

In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, v.55 no.4, Summer 1979.