Lawrence Jewish Community Center

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 22 March 2013.

Phone: 785-841-7636
Email: LJCC@sunflower.com
Website: http://www.lawrencejcc.org
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History

The Lawrence Jewish Community Center (LJCC) was founded in 1954 by a small group of Jewish families living in the Lawrence, Kansas, area. Jewish business people were a presence in Lawrence from the beginning of the twentieth century. Prior to 1954, there had been no place of worship for Jews, and today LJCC is still the only one. The facility includes a small sanctuary on the main floor and a community center in the basement. The members added the social hall and kitchen in 1982. Although the Center is not affiliated with a particular branch of Judaism, it is nonetheless an important part of the Jewish community, as it allows all Jews in the area to gather and worship together. The community that gathers to worship is growing; it has grown from about 125 Jews since it was founded to approximately 250 local Jews in recent years. Official membership is 70 family units. There are many local Jews who do not affiliate. The Center's mission statement is "To be an inclusive and thriving center of Jewish spiritual, cultural, and social life for the Lawrence area." Most of the members feel that the people of Lawrence have been accepting toward them since the center was founded. They are proud to have faced the challenge of acceptance and prevailed. Many members speak of the friendly interactions they have with Christian friends or neighbors.

Demographics

The congregants of LJCC come from all branches of Judaism and various countries, including Israel. Congregants participate in services in both English and Hebrew and represent all age groups.

Activities and Schedule

The Center has weekly Shabbat services Fridays at 7:45 p.m., occasional Saturday morning services, and Sunday School on Sunday mornings. "Shiray Shabbat" is the name the musical group that leads a montly all-musical service. The Jewish Community Women group meets once a month. The services are led by either a rabbi or a member of the community. Center members are active in service to the Lawrence area, both as a religious institution and individually.