Disparities Between the Idealizations and Experience of Jewish Community Center Personnel

By Charles S. Levy

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Spring 1969

The Jewish Community Center (JCC) is a vigorous and productive force in the Jewish community. Nonetheless, executive directors of the late 1960s were faced with serious challenges in effectively performing the social work they were hired to do. The author examines four "disparities" between the ideal expectations of center directors and the disappointing realities they face. These include service to people vs. the collective interest, professional practice vs. limited opportunities for that practice, purposeful behavior vs. circumstantial acts, and ethical practice vs. unethical experience. Resolving these disparities is critical to improving directors' efficacy in their positions, and the responsibility lies on the directors themselves, boards of overseers, and communal expectations.

Topic: Management and Administration, Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), Social Work, Leadership, Community Centers

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 45/No. 3

Page Number(s): 257-266

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Genre: Speech

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Levy, Charles S. Disparities Between the Idealizations and Experience of Jewish Community Center Personnel. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Spring 1969: 257-266. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4187


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