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The Arts and the Jewish Community Center: Transmitting Jewish Culture

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Publication Date: June 1997

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): S. Morton Altman

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service 73-4

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Culture and religion (Arts and arts policy)

Keywords: Jewish Culture; Jewish Organizations; Informal Jewish Education

Type: Report


The Arts can be a powerful vehicle for strengthening Jewish identity, transmitting Jewish culture, and for creating or re-creating Jewish memories if Arts programming is based on Jewish themes and is interactive. However, most Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) devote only limited resources to the Arts. This article presents a model for transmitting Jewish culture through the Arts that enables JCCs to use their resources most effectively.

In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, v.73 no.4, Summer 1997.