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Norman Linzer, Ph.D.

Dr. Norman Linzer, now emeritus, was the Samuel J. and Jean Sable Professor of Jewish Family Social Work at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work of Yeshiva University. He is a graduate of Yeshiva College and the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. He received rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, an affiliate of Yeshiva University, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the New School for Social Research.
On the Wurzweiler faculty since 1966, he served as acting dean in 1989-90.

Dr. Linzer has received the Bernard Revel Memorial Award from Yeshiva University, the Samuel and Rose Hurowitz award from the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, and is listed in Who’s Who in World Jewry. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies in Jerusalem and taught at Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel.

Norman will be presenting “3 Ethics CEUs for Social Workers” on Friday, May 12th 9 AM – 12 PM. For further information click here.



Resolving Ethical Dilemmas in Social Work Practice (1999). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Ethical Dilemmas in Jewish Communal Service (1996). Hoboken, NJ:KTAV.

The Jewish Family: Authority and Tradition in Modern Perspective. (1984). NY: Human Sciences Press.

The Nature of Man in Judaism and Social Work (1978). NY: Federation of Jewish Philanthropies.

The Jewish Family (1968). NY: Federation of Jewish Philanthropies.


Recent Articles

Sweifach, J, Linzer, N.  (2015)  Practice and ethics: Two sides of the same coin.
International Journal of Trauma Research and Practice.

Heft-LaPorte, H., Linzer, N. Sweifach, J. (2010). Sharing the trauma: Guidelines for therapist self-disclosure following a catastrophic event.  Best Practice in Mental Health: An International Journal.6 (2), 39-56.

Sweifach, J., Heft-LaPorte, H., Linzer, N. (2010) Social work responses to terrorism: Balancing ethics and responsibility. Journal of International Social Work. 53 (6), 822-835.

Linzer, N., Sweifach, J. LaPorte, H. (2008).Triage and ethics: Social workers on the front line  Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment 18  (2), 184-203..

Linzer, N., Heft, LaPorte, H., Sweifach, J. (2009). Beneficence versus justice: Serving clients in a post 9/11 era . Journal of Values and Ethics  Being reviewed.

The Lonely Man of Faith: Implications for social work practice. (2007-8) Journal of Jewish Communal Service 83 (2/3), 186-204

Spirituality and ethics in long-term care (2006) Journal of Spirituality and Religion in Social Work- Social Thought.

 Linzer, N., Conboy, A. and Ain, E. (2004) Confidentiality: An ethical dilemma of Israeli social workers. Journal of Spirituality and Religion in Social Work – Social Thought 23 (3), 85-108.

An ethical dilemma in elder abuse (2004). Journal of Gerontological Social Work 43 (2/3), 165-174.

Linzer, N., Conboy, A. & Ain, E. Ethical dilemmas of Israeli social workers. (2003). Journal of International Social Work 46 (1), 7-21.

An ethical dilemma in volunteer-professional relationships.(2003). Social Thought 22 (4), 37-52.

An ethical dilemma in home care. (2002).  Journal of Gerontological Social Work 37 (2), 23-34.


2013-6 –  Ethics seminars in agencies

  1. JCC of Tenafly – 4/8/13
  2. Herzog Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel – 11/18/13
  3. Miami Board of Rabbis – 12/11/13
  4. JFS of Naples, FL – (2) Staff and Board – 12/12/13
  5. Montgomery County Adult Services, Rockville, MD – 2/24/14
  6. Freedom Home and Health Care, Hackensack, NJ – 2/25/14
  7. Lincoln Hospital, Bronx, NY – 2/26/14
  8. Jewish Community Council of Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY – 2/28/14
  9. Jerusalem municipality of Social Welfare – May, 2014 – Brian Auslander
  10. Michael Ann Russell JCC, North Miami Beach – June 3, 2014 10:30-12
  11. JFS of Boca Raton, Danielle Hartman, June 3, 2014
  12. Wilf Campus, Somerset NJ – June 13, 2014 (three hour)
  13. Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island (Nov. 2013)
  14. Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island (Nov. 2014)
  15. Pibly (Bronx) – Noel Miller – Dec. 2014
  16. Jerusalem Municipality of Social Welfare – March 23, 2015
  17. Jerusalem Municipality of Social Welfare – April 20, 2015
  18. Jewish Child Care Association – Bronx Office – Lisa Costello – June 15, 2015
  19. Long Island Jewish Hospital – Social work department – Athena Motal – June 18, 2015
  20. Ohel Children’s Home – July 7, 2015 – Three hours – Arlene Etengoff
  21. Hudson Guild – July 16, 2015 – Three hours – Lee Ann Scaduto
  22. Jewish Child Care Association – Brooklyn Office – July 21, 2015
  23. Jewish Child Care Association – Queens office – Sandy Katz – September 10, 2015
  24. Jewish Child and Family Services – Chicago, Il – September 30, 2015
  25. VIP Management  – Lake Worth, FL – Feb. 4, 2016
  26. JCCA – Bronx office – Cy Orfield – March 17, 2016
  27. JCCA – Brooklyn office – Cy Orfield – March 19, 2016
  28. Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island – Eli Lock – March 28, 2016
  29. NYU Cancer Center – Bill McDermott – April 7, 2016

Dr. Linzer has lectured widely and published numerous articles on Jewish identity, the Jewish family and community, the aged, Jewish education,  and social work ethics. His last book applies models of values classification and ethical decision making to cases in a variety of subjects. He has taught Jewish social philosophy, ideology, and values and ethics at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work. During his 2005 sabbatical, he conducted a research project on “The impact of 9/11 on social work practice and ethics,” In his 2012 sabbatical in Israel, the theme of the research was “Ethical issues in working with traumatized populations.”

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