Cleveland Jewish Community Center Limits Its Activities on Sabbath

The board of the Jewish Community Center of Cleveland rescinded plans to operate the center’s health service on Saturday afternoons after the proposal evoked a sharp debate among supporters of the center. The board adopted a new plan which calls for a limited number of Sabbath activities at the center. Orthodox supporters had sought a complete shutdown during the Sabbath, Non-Orthodox elements favored a widespread program of activities on that day.

The new plan calls for a number of activities for children and teen-agers, including programs of Jewish folk songs, Israeli dancing, dramatization of Jewish stories and legends and similar programs centered on Jewish themes. The program provides that users must register in advance and only for the complete Sabbath program. This means that they will not be able to use the swimming pool or gymnasium on the Sabbath without registering for the cultural program as well.

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