Title: Baby Boomers, Public Service, and Minority Communities: A Case Study of the Jewish Community in the United States
Publication Date: 09/21/10
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Public service organizations have an unprecedented opportunity to harness the expertise and talents of Baby Boomers as they age, since it's a generation that wants to keep working or to volunteer in public service. But a new study finds that as Baby Boomers invigorate and redefine the 60-to-80 year old stage of life in the coming years, there is relatively little understanding of how record numbers of engaged older workers and volunteers will affect America's labor force, or what ethnic and religious communities and voluntary institutions of all kinds could do to mobilize, train, and absorb them. In particular, given national efforts to engage Baby Boomers, minority communities may suffer a loss of leadership, talent and funding as Baby Boomers look outside their religious or ethnic communities for meaningful work and volunteer opportunities. The study focuses on Baby Boomers in the Jewish community in particular, based principally on a nationwide survey of 34 metropolitan Jewish communities that elicited the attitudes of more than 6,500 people. It highlights the unique demands that Baby Boomers' interests and needs may place on the institutions, agencies and federations of the Jewish community of North America. Join us for a discussion with David M. Elcott, PhD, the Henry and Marilyn Taub Professor of Practice in Public Service and Leadership at NYU Wagner and author of "Baby Boomers, Public Service, and Minority Communities," about his findings and their implications for community organizations. Gary Rosenblatt, Editor and Chief of The Jewish Week, the largest Jewish newspaper in the United States, will moderate what is sure to be a lively, informative dialogue. The event is sponsored by the Berman Jewish Policy Archive and Research Center for Leadership in Action at NYU Wagner, in conjunction with the Jewish Federations of North America, UJA-Federation of New York, UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey, and United Jewish Communities of MetroWest NJ.

Author: NYU Wagner Office of International Programs
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