Confrontation in a Jewish Center Between a Resolution on Equal Opportunities and Practical Reality

By William Kahn

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Winter 1965

When the board of directors of the Jewish Community Centers of St. Louis, MO passed a resolution in support of civil rights, forbidding the Center from discriminating by race or participating in events which discriminated by race, the author reports that the board did not anticipate the extent to which the resolution would affect Center practice. He describes the internal conflict that ensued when Center sports teams realized they would be unable to participate in a league with other (discriminatory clubs) and the subsequent discussion among the members and leaders over the amount of controversy and inconvenience the Center should take upon itself in adherence to its principles. In the end, the discussion raised the morale of the membership, the author reported, and strengthened the resolve of the Center's leaders to take further steps in service of democracy and civil rights.

Topic: Race, Black-Jewish Relations, Civil Rights, Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), Community Relations, Leadership, Jewish Organizations, Governance, Community Centers

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 42/No. 2

Page Number(s): 163-170

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: St. Louis, Missouri , United States

Language: English

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Kahn, William. Confrontation in a Jewish Center Between a Resolution on Equal Opportunities and Practical Reality. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Winter 1965: 163-170. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5043


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