Reflections on Teaching Orthodox Jewish Social Work Students from an Asian Educator

  • Donna S. Wang none
Keywords: diversity, inclusion, religion, values, social work education


Many fundamental religious beliefs are often posited to be contrary to social work values and ethics. Although work has been done to develop acceptable balance and boundaries, mostly within the Christian faith, less conceptualization has been done with Orthodox Jewish social workers. My reflection describes both experiences and cognitive processes faced by me as an Asian social work educator teaching Orthodox Jews. Internal conflicts—as well as strategies for trust-building and honoring diversity—are discussed, with implications for social work education and practice offered.

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