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Dr. Rubinow Discusses Jewish Social Work

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The Jewish social worker is dealing with a dual relationship and a dual community, according to I. M. Rubinow, president of the National Conference of Jewish Social Service Work, whose report now appears in the current issue of the Jewish Social Service Quarterly, which has devoted its pages to the proceedings of the Conference which was held in Detroit in June.

“First,” states Mr. Rubinow, “there is the relation of the Jew as a citizen to the American scene; also the relation of the individual Jew to his Jewish community; the relation of the Jewish community to the American nation of which it constitutes an integral part, and finally, the relation of American Jewry to the Jewish people of the world.” Therefore, he concludes, nothing Jewish, “nothing of importance to Jewish life may remain alien to us as Jewish social workers.”

Among the subjects discussed at the Conference were: “Trends Affecting American Jewish Life”, “Programs of Jewish Community Organization in the Light of Changing Trends”, “Changes and Trends in Private Family Agencies”, “Public Relief” and the “Status of Youth In His Family.”

Those who participated in the discussion and whose reports appear in the magazine are: Isidor E. Offenbach, of the Jewish Social Service of Baltimore; Edith Weller, director of the Application Bureau, Jewish Social Service Association, New York; Gertrude Ross Davis, Jennie Rovner, Cecilia Radovsky-Davidson, William A. Nudelman, Violet Robbin, Solomon Lowenstein and others.

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