J.w.b. Official Favors Keeping Jewish Centers Open on Saturdays

Jewish centers should be kept open on the Jewish Sabbath if they present programs in keeping with Sabbath observance, 700 Jewish community center leaders were told.

The proposal was made at the 15th anniversary convention of the New Jersey section of the National Jewish Welfare Board by Graenum Berger, consultant on camps and centers for the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York.

“There is no reason why Jewish community centers and YM-YWHAs should be closed on the Jewish Sabbath if they introduce programs in consonance with the traditional observance of the Sabbath,” he asserted. He indicated a guide as follows:

“The program must be rich in cultural programs but stressing Jewish content and attracting young and old alike who have otherwise come to regard the Sabbath as a day to avoid rather than to awaken Jewish interest.”

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