The Vital Future of the Jewish Community Center in America

By Sanford Solender

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 lack of Jewish content and maintaining open-door policies to intermarried families, the author objects to the symposium's one-sided attack on Jewish centers, and contends that in fact, Jewish content at centers is on the rise. He reviews growth in center memberships, and the quality of center professional and lay leadership. The author characterizes the symposium's critiques as inaccurate generalizations, rather than specific and constructive criticism. Jewish communal leaders should combine resources and efforts to enhance the effectiveness of both synagogues and Jewish centers, he contends.

Topic: Congregations and Synagogues, Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), Jewish Content, Jewish Communal Service, Leadership, Jewish Organizations, Unity, 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): 42-54

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Solender, Sanford. The Vital Future of the Jewish Community Center in America. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1962: 42-54.


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