The fractionalization of American society and the realization that the melting pot never really existed has led many religious, racial and ethnic groups to seek an identification with old-country traditions. The clustering of Americans in the megalopolis has created a need to identify with a small community within the larger whole. The delays and expense of civil litigation have spurred many individuals to seek other methods to settle disputes.
One institution which can help create the community atmosphere is the neighborhood or community arbitration board. Any group can adapt the arbitration mechanism to their needs. State arbitration statutes provide guidelines to groups wishing to form such institutions. While it is logical that a community with strong religious