Shabbat and the Community Center: A Case Study in Decision Making

By Joy Levitt

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Spring 2001

This case study looks at the creation of a Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Manhattan in 2002 and the issues it faced, in particular regarding whether it should be open on Shabbat. The case study highlights how the JCCâ??s leadership created a set of principles to drive the institution as a whole, which includes a focus on pluralism and partnerships based on concerns for the institution in the relationship. The case study asserts its key areas of success were in its development of a policy to deal with smaller issues, the building of trust from the beginning, and maintaining the mission and vision of the institution at the forefront of any discussion.

Topic: Ritual, Organizational Development, Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), Jewish Organizations, Community Centers

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Volume/Issue: Vol.65/no.2

Page Number(s): 39-44

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Genre: Scholarly Journal

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Levitt, Joy. Shabbat and the Community Center: A Case Study in Decision Making. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Spring 2001: 39-44. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4459


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