The Family and the Jewish Community Center

By Julian L. Greifer

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Fall 1957

The author explores the rise in family membership in the Jewish Community Center (JCC) and the implications for its function. The piece begins by recounting the historical trends in family membership, which began more as an opportunity for affiliation with one's ethnic group than as an intensive use of an agency's services. However, with the rise of young professional workers who influenced the programming of Jewish centers and the change of family structures, new opportunities and initiatives arose that not only addressed these family issues but also prompted Jewish Centers to approach family services in different ways through group work. The piece concludes by asserting the value of the Jewish Community Center in being able to help prevent family disorganization and to aide family stabilization through membership in a center.

Topic: Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), Social Services, Membership, Jewish Identification, Family, Affiliation, Community Centers

Name of Publication: The Jewish Social Service Quarterly

Editor: Aptekar, Herbert H.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 34/No. 1

Page Number(s): 98-108

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Greifer, Julian L. The Family and the Jewish Community Center. The Jewish Social Service Quarterly. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1957: 98-108.


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