The Center Executive and the Problems of Leadership in a Society in Transition

By Al Mintz

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Winter 1969

Since Jewish Community Center (JCC) boards are generally made up of well-established businessmen or professionals from the community who have vested interest in maintaining the status quo, these community centers have become distant from the social change they once championed. In this climate, center executives have become "technician-oriented" instead of "humanitarian-oriented." The author argues that the executive can once again become a change agent in society by hiring personnel specifically for technical concerns such as fundraising and creating a Human Relations and Social Dynamics Division in his center. By removing technical distractions from the workload of executives, the community center can realign itself to the vision of social action it embodied in the 1940s and 50s.

Topic: Management and Administration, Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), Social Issues, Leadership, Community Centers

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 46/No. 2

Page Number(s): 134-138

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Mintz, Al. The Center Executive and the Problems of Leadership in a Society in Transition. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Winter 1969: 134-138. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4313


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