The Arts and the Jewish Community Center: Transmitting Jewish Culture

Publication Date: June 1997

Publisher: Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): S. Morton Altman

Research Area: Culture and religion

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.