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Publication Date: January 2006

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

Author(s): Michele Wolgel Rose

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 81:3-4

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Population and demographics (Older people)

Keywords: Jewish Continuity; Jewish Organizations; Jewish Identification

Type: Report


The Jewish federation is a unique American invention, although it has deep roots in Jewish tradition. It has evolved from a structure devoted to meeting the social and health needs of American Jews and helping them assimilate into American society to one whose major goal is the strengthening of Jewish identity. In the process, the concept of a continental Jewish community has taken shape.This article explores the effects of connecting with the elderly through Jewish prayer and song, as well as advocacy.