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The Road to Decision Making: An Analysis of Jewish Community Relations Public Policy

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Publication Date: July 1996

Publisher(s): Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Author(s): Steven F. Windmueller

Series: Jerusalem Letter / Viewpoints, no.337, July 1 1996.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Jewish organizations; Leadership; Community Development; Community Relations

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The author explores in detail the American Jewish community relations establishment's history, decision processes, and methods of categorization for problems, goals, tactics an issues, basing his conclusions on a survey of local Jewish community relations councils from all over the United States. The author asserts that the contemporary field of community relations faces a number of challenges that may impede its continued effectiveness, including changing windows of consensus, external shifts in political attitudes, and generational transitions of leadership.