Program Curriculum," Means or End - Another Look

By Harold W. Robbins, Robert M. Slawson

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Fall 1960

Jewish community centers of the early 1960s provided opportunities for Jewish teenagers to participate in 'friendship clubs,' and these clubs were seen by the wider Jewish community as a method of education of the next Jewish generation. Many of these groups used a curriculum to guide their activities, which included cultural programs, fundraisers, community service projects, socials, etc. The author argues that such curriculum-focused youth programming is a dead end that projects a future Jewish community that looks identical to the previous generation's. Only by allowing teenagers themselves, not program directors, to develop and control their Jewish experiences will these clubs foster the growth that American parents are looking for in their children.

Topic: Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), Youth, Empowerment, Informal Education, Community Centers

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 37/No. 1

Page Number(s): 94-102

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Robbins, Harold W. Slawson, Robert M. Program Curriculum," Means or End - Another Look. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1960: 94-102.


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