A Jewish Center Attempts to Implement its Jewish Purposes; A Process Study of a Jewish Center Board

By William Kahn, Morton Friedenberg

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Fall 1968

A major question facing Jewish community centers in the late 1960s was "What is distinctive about being a Jew in today's society?" The authors present a case study of a Jewish center board that grappled with its Jewish essence, focusing on the center's Sabbath policy. Through a two-year review process, the board ultimately decided to enforce its policy of remaining closed and sponsoring no activities whatsoever between 6:00 pm on Friday until 1:00 pm on Saturday and committed to including "Jewish content" on its Saturday afternoon activities. This process was difficult but effectively uncovered the passions resting under the surface of these lay leaders in the Jewish community.

Topic: Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), Policy, Jewish Content, Jewish Identification, Community Centers

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 45/No. 1

Page Number(s): 75-85

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Kahn, William. Friedenberg, Morton. A Jewish Center Attempts to Implement its Jewish Purposes; A Process Study of a Jewish Center Board. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1968: 75-85. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4204


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