Value Conflicts: Their Implications for Jewish Community Center Work

By Morris Tiktin

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Winter 1962

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.

Topic: Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), Culture, Faith, Jewish Content, Jewish Organizations, Assimilation, Values, Community Centers, Tradition, Jewish Identification, Consumerism, Belief, Modernity

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 39/No. 2

Page Number(s): 142-155

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
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: 142-155.


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