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Social Work Practice: Alive and Well in the JCC

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Publication Date: January 2004

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

Author(s): Jay S. Sweifach

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 80:2-3

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: Jewish Organizations; Jewish Values; Employment

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


A study of JCC professionals reveals congruence between social work and JCC practice. Social workers employed by JCCs are committed to Jewish practices and principles and to the Jewish function of the agency, and they possess knowledge and skills that are very much in tune with the social service mission of the JCC. Some of the anti social work sentiment that has dominated the literature was based on supposition, rather than actual experience.