Volunteerism: The Great Debate

The great debate

The Volunteer Organizations: Vanguard or Rear Guard?

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Volunteerism: The Great Debate

The articles in this special section:

The Volunteer Organizations

by Paula Hyman

In their early years, the major Jewish women’s organizations were not only revolutionary but responsive to Jewish women’s needs. How did the current "good works" come to mean ignoring women’s needs?

The Experience of Two Volunteers

by Pearl Water

A 31-year veteran of the National Council of Jewish women argues that the organization’s members are strong on social justice but "weak" in commitment to their own sex.

The Experience of Two Volunteers

by Betty Lieberman

A community activist with 27 years in Hadassah believes the organization’s leadership excludes its members from decision-making the way men traditionally excluded most women.

The Sheltered Workshop

by Aviva Cantor

The volunteer organizations are a ghetto where Jewish women are warehoused to safeguard the male monopoly on money, power and status.