Sutker, Solomon
December 1952
Social Forces;Dec52, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p136
Academic Journal
The article discusses the nature of one of the major elite groups in the Jewish community of Atlanta, Georgia, a Jewish community of intermediate size. The concept of elite is generally a broader term than that of leader. It includes persons who may have prestige, but who lack power or the ability to influence important groups and also those persons who are being groomed to be or who could be "leaders in the making." The organizational elite definitely occupies a leadership position. The members of the Atlanta Jewish organizational elite who operate local, independent agencies are now linked with workers from other cities who handle similar associations into a web of voluntary national organizations such as a national Jewish social worker's association or the Council of Jewish Federations and Welfare Funds. There is relatively little turnover among the organizational elite, except toward improvement of their status or transfers to other offices when they are connected with a national agency that operates regional offices throughout the country. Working hours and conditions and salary scales are on a comparable level with those of other Jewish workers in similar fields elsewhere.


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