109 Years of American Jewish History Goes Digital
10/24/2011 - 09:11
Rabbi Jason Miller

The Journal of Jewish Communal Service (JJCS) is now available in digital form on the Web thanks to the work of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. The BJPA was established through generous support from the philanthropist Mandell ("Bill") Berman of Detroit and the Charles H. Revson Foundation.

The collection traces American Jewish history from the 1910's as Jewish immigrants from Europe pour into the country through the current decade when American Jewry grapples with complex issues of Jewish peoplehood, education, and our connection to Israel.

The JJCS collection spans from 1902 to the most recent issues of the Journal, providing a window into American Jewish organizational life with unprecedented breadth and depth. The Journal of Jewish Communal Service was established by the National Conference of Jewish Charities, forerunner of the Jewish Communal Service Association. Over the years there have been various name changes for both the Journal and its publisher. The Journal covers topics from all of the professional sectors of Jewish communal service. Particular issues focus on specialized fields or challenges, such as vocational services or innovation. With its vast coverage, the Journal constitutes a major knowledge source for all fields of communal endeavor. Most articles are written by practitioners, faculty and researchers who are employed by the Jewish community.

This digitized collection derives from a collaboration between the Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA) and the Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner (BJPA). Working with a broad spectrum of organizations in the United States and Canada, JCSA connects practitioners and leadership and provides opportunities to share knowledge and collaborate across fields of service. BJPA, the central electronic address for Jewish communal policy, offers a vast collection of policy-relevant research and analysis on Jewish life to the public, free of charge, with holdings spanning from 1900 until today.

Access the JJCS collection here.

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