The author contends that the American Jewish community has narrowed itself into a sterile, frequently unexciting, and all-to-often mediocre copy of the surrounding and rapidly enveloping secular American culture. Material success has brought with it an atrophy of values, and a lack of engagement with too many pressing social issues, he explains. The author lays out five goals which he believes Jewish community centers should pursue in response to this trend: to help members identify comfortably as Jews; to educate Jews regarding history and continuity; to provide Jewish experiences; to foster non-conformity, cultural diversity and pluralism in America; and to foster psychological wholeness and mental health.
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Tiktin, Morris. Value Conflicts: Their Implications for Jewish Community Center Work. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Winter 1962: