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Assessing the Jewish Educational Effectiveness of Jewish Community Centers -- The 1994 Survey

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Publication Date: October 1994

Publisher(s): JCC Association

Author(s): Steven M. Cohen; Barry Chazan

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Education (Education)

Keywords: Informal Jewish Education; Jewish Education; North American Jews

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The 1994 study of Jewish educational activity in North American Jewish community centers shows almost universal intensification of levels of Jewish education over those reported in the 1988 study. By looking at the studies from 1982, 1988, and 1994, we are able to discover a revealing picture of the metamorphosis of Jewish education in Jewish Community Centers into a multidimensional cultural and recreational agency which has made Jewish education one of the dimensions of its being. These findings suggest that the most important change in the Center world has been the metamorphosis of a culture whereby "things Jewish" have become more rather than less of a norm in the Center world.