Articles and Letters to the Editor Regarding Rabbi Eliezer Silver's Ruling on the Opening of the Jewish Community Center on Shabbat
Southern Israelite, Letter to the Editor, regarding the opening of the JCC on Shabbat
Would you allow me to point out that the custom of keeping Community Centers closed on the Sabbath (Saturday) is being re-evaluated, now, by some of our most orthodox leaders. I have read recently that there has been expression that we would indeed perform a Mitzvah if we opened these Youth Centers for the var-ious club meetings and cultural activities which are truly Sab-bath fare. Can one really argue against this?
There is a tremendous need to keep our Atlanta Jewish Com-munity Center open on Satur-days. provided, of course, that its activities be kept within the above context. Many of us are disturbed that our children have nothing better to do Saturday afternoons than to wander about up-town.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if Atlanta might be one of the first communities, instead of waiting to the last, to take this giant step forward for its Jewish youth?
Following is a direct quote on this subject from a very recent issue of The Jewish Spectator, Dr Trude Weiss-Rosmarin, Editor, lest someone label my sug-gestion as other-worldly.
Page 2 of the April, 1961, issue carries this item: "Rabbi Eliezer Silver, eighty-year-old dean of the ultra-Orthodox group and Chairman of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis .. . has taken a complete turn-about, changing from a militant Orthodox isolationist into a progressive advocate of keeping Jewish Community Cen-ters open on the Sabbath for ac-tivities which do not violate the Sabbath laws."
Joseph Glazer, D.D.S.
We would like to hear some re-actions to this controversial proposal. Remember, keep your re-ply under 300 words.—The Editor