The Place of the Community Center in Jewish Life

By Bezalel Sherman

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Summer 1964

The community center (JCC), aspiring to serve as a base of Jewish identification and as an all-embracing agency of Jewish cultural and leisure time activity, faces two tasks, both flowing from the place the Jew occupies in American society. These are: one, to make the Jewishness of the American Jew a stimulating experience; two, to synthesize the inherited values of the Jewish tradition with the acquired values of American citizenship. Each one of these tasks presents conceptual problems of orientation and organizational problems of implementation. Our concern in this paper will be with the former, which means that we must first of all delineate the sphere of action of the community center.

Topic: Programming, Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), Membership, Jewish Identification, Values, Community Building, Community Centers

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 40/No. 4

Page Number(s): 418-426

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Sherman, Bezalel. The Place of the Community Center in Jewish Life. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Summer 1964: 418-426.


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