The author, research project director of the Chicago Jewish Community Center, examines the research issues which arise out of the Jewish nature of Jewish community centers (JCCs). He argues that while empirical research cannot help us by determining the values by which to guide this enterprise, it is equally true that the attachment of values to groundless assumptions is foolish and often dysfunctional.
His analysis of the Jewish component of the JCC is done through the lens of the role of the group, agency structure, community influences, and the effectiveness of different kinds of influence attempts. Specifically, he examines:
-the selective aspects of the Jewishness of JCC membership.
-the evaluation of agencies in relation to stated Jewish objectives.
-the function, both manifest and latent, of the Jewish educational recreational-group work-oriented agencies.
-the influences of non-agency-originating factors.
-the influence of agency-originating factors.
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Canter, Irving. The Ethnic Dynamic: Problems Related To The Jewish Component. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Winter 1963: