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Program Curriculum," Means or End - Another Look
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.
Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service
Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.
Volume/Issue: Vol. 37/No. 1
Page Number(s): 94-102
Genre: Conference Presentation
Coverage: United States
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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. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=3979
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