The role of the community center in dispensing usefully the new leisure created by the NRA was referred to as being of first importance by Judge Irving Lehman of the Court of Appeals at a hearing on the subject held at the Bar Association Building, 42 West 44th Street, on Thursday.
“The Jewish Center seeks to bring into the lives of its members the finest ideals of American life,” he said. “It seeks also to strengthen in its members a devotion to their ideals, so that they do their part in enriching the culture of our great city.
“Our leisure-time programs are opening the way for the exercise of the creative capacities of many people who ordinarily would find no outlet or encouragement in our system of large scale production and mechanical division of labor. The art classes, the craft shops, and the Little Theatre promoting the production of good plays, mean much to the individuals concerned and will mean more and more to our civilization.”