By Hema Easley, The Journal News
WEST NYACK — The Jewish Community Center of Rockland has always remained closed from sundown on Friday until sunset on Saturday out of respect for the Jewish tradition of rest on the holy Shabbat.
But beginning April 1, the JCC will open its fitness center and gym Friday evenings and Saturday, joining a nationwide trend among JCCs to be open to the community seven days a week.
That decision is controversial in the Jewish community, both in and outside the center. Jews worship in different ways, some adhering more strictly to the letter of the law than others.
And even when it comes to a question of recreation, or especially when it comes to a question of recreation, beliefs can conflict.
The community center made its announcement to stay open on the Sabbath to members in an e-mail a day after the 36-member JCC board voted overwhelmingly to make the change.
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