Promise and Performance: Towards Bridging the Gap in the Jewish Community Center

By Abe Vinik

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Fall 1963

Since "the unique function of the Jewish community center" was so admirably spelled out eight years ago, few of us have been able to point with pride to as effective an application of this theorem as we might expect. If anything, the increasingly frantic self-criticism of recent years might suggest that the gap between promise and performance may actually have broadened rather than narrowed. This is the third in a series of papers prepared by the writer during the past year. The attempt is to seek out the appropriate questions for the answers they may reveal to the solution of our dilemma. For those of us who share the vision of the promise of the center, the stake is simply too high to contemplate the possibility of its future decline, amidst the splendor of modern buildings and peak membership, without a cry of warning. Because of the interrelatedness of the material, the writer proposes to summarize briefly the questions raised in his earlier presentations before proceeding to a new dimension for consideration at this time.

Topic: History, Organizational Development, Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), Membership, Unity, Community Centers

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 40/ No. 1

Page Number(s): 81-92

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Vinik, Abe. Promise and Performance: Towards Bridging the Gap in the Jewish Community Center. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1963: 81-92.


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