The Needs of American Jewry and the Role of Center Lay Leadership

By William Kahn

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Spring 1964

The author speaks against the tendency to generalize about Jewish life around the United States. and calls for the detailed examination of the differences that exist in communities throughout the country. He states that professional center leadership must analyze and understand the needs of American Jewry and then confront lay leadership with the basic issues around these needs. We must be ready to let the chips fall where they may and recognize that the ensuing conflict, while traumatic and painful, can help bring about a more dedicated and more committed lay group. Through board and committee experience, people can be helped to evolve a meaningful Jewish identity and support the center as an institution enhancing Jewish survival.

Topic: History, Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), Non-Professional Leadership, Lay Leadership, Governance, Community Development, Demography, Diversity, Community Centers

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 40/No. 3

Page Number(s): 328-335

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Kahn, William. The Needs of American Jewry and the Role of Center Lay Leadership. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Spring 1964: 328-335.


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