Distant Partners (Hardcover)

Community Change Through Project Renewal

By Ben W. Lappin, Morton I. Teicher

University Press of America, 9780819177605, 298pp.

Publication Date: May 28, 1990

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Offers an inside look at two communities, half a world apart, who became partners. One needed aid and the other had the means to help; the book chronicles their relationship in all its complexities, pitfalls, successes and failures. Kfar Oranim (pseudonym), an impoverished Israeli town, was twinned with Croydon (pseudonym), an American Jewish community in Project Renewal, a massive community development effort. Practitioners from different fields were brought together, evoking cooperation and competition, inspired by the often clashing interests of politicians, civil servants, volunteers and indigenous leaders. This unique documentary provides a day-by-day, blow-by-blow record of community development in practice. It is presented in full and analyzed by the two authors, one of whom was the community worker while the other was a member of the Croydon committee which was responsible for implementing the agreement.