Israel and Pluralism: Framing an Ideology for the Jewish Community Center

Publication Date: January 1990

Publisher: Conference of Jewish Communal Service (U.S.)

Author(s): David Dubin

Research Area: Culture and religion; Social conditions

Keywords: Pluralism; Tolerance; Communal Organization

Type: Report


The concept of pluralism is the foundation upon which the North American Jewish Community Center movement is based. Israel, which is a pluralistic society in structure but not in mentality, illustrates several implications of pluralism that can be usefully applied to the Center movement: an emphasis on the ties that bind all Jews together, the encouragement of disagreement and a respect for disagreement, the development of strategies that promote a toleration of differences, and a recognition of the importance of religious expression.