JEWISH COMMUNAL SERVICE ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA, THE (JCSA). The JCSA was founded in 1899 as the Conference of Jewish Charities. JCSA links together highly skilled and knowledgeable professional Jewish leadership in pursuit of the shared goals of advancing the Jewish community and enhancing professional development. JCSA assists local, regional, national and international efforts to enhance professional knowledge, research, education, and networking through: (a) promoting and sustaining professional standards for the field; supporting and connecting the independent activities of local groups of Jewish communal professionals in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and St. Louis; (c) supporting and connecting the independent activities of affiliated professional associations such as the Association of Jewish Aging Services, the Association of Jewish Center Professionals, the Association of Jewish Community Organization Professionals, the International Association of Jewish Vocational Services, the Jewish Social Services Professionals, the North American Association of Synagogue Executives, and the World Council of Jewish Communal Service; (d) providing special courses and seminars designed to advance the careers of professionals and to enhance their ability to serve the Jewish community, including an annual program meeting; (e) advocating for family friendly work policies and gender equity through such sponsored activities as JCSA Networking Parents; (f) promoting the recruitment and retention of personnel through Networking Express, the JCSA Graduate Students Network, and the Young Professional of the Year Award; (g) offering group retirement, insurance policies, and other personnel benefits through the JCSA Benefits Program; (h) Publishing the Journal of Jewish Communal Service, a quarterly review of professional trends and developments, and a monthly e-newsletter. JCSA's website address is and inquiries can be sent to (Brenda Gevertz (2nd ed.)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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