The Synagogue and The "Y

By Isaac N. Trainin

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

Responding to a symposium printed in the Winter-Spring 1962 issue of Conservative Judaism which promoted the synagogue center movement and criticized Jewish Y's for engaging in too much non-Jewish programming, the author pushes back, criticizing synagogues themselves for hosting non-Jewish activities like bingo and cards and allowing standards of halachic observance and Jewish knowledge and practice to slip. He argues that both synagogues and Jewish centers are critical to the Jewish future in the rapidly assimilating American Jewish community, with synagogues safeguarding traditional knowledge, and Jewish centers acting as central hubs of interaction for all Jews. Despite sharp divides between Reform, Conservative, Reform and secular Jews, the author contends, the Jewish center can promote Klal Yisroel -- Jewish unity.

Topic: Congregations and Synagogues, Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), Jewish Content, Jewish Organizations, Unity, Religious Denominations, Religion, Clergy, Values, Assimilation, Community Centers, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 39/No. 1

Page Number(s): 55-59

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Trainin, Isaac N. The Synagogue and The "Y. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1962: 55-59.


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