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Contemporary Debates in American Reform Judaism : Conflicting Visions - Dana Evan Kaplan

Contemporary Debates in American Reform Judaism

Conflicting Visions

By: Dana Evan Kaplan (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 8th February 2001
ISBN: 9780415926287
Number Of Pages: 288

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This is a ground breaking collection of essays that takes a hard look at the Reform Movement today. Opening essays look at the problem of building a religous community, the competition in the "spiritual marketplace," and why people join or do not join a Reform synagogue. Other contributors look at a host of controversial issues including Patrilineal Descent, Outreach, Intermarriage, gender issues, gay and lesbian participation, and others.

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..."a groundbreaking collection of essays." -"Indiana Jewish Post and Opinion ""Contemporary Debates in American Reform Judaism invites readers to eavesdrop on some of the stormiest and most contentious debates taking place within the Reform Movement in Judaism. Anyone interested in American Judaism and anyone interested in liberal religious movements will want to pay attention to these debates. They illuminate the central religious issues of our time." -Jonathan D. Sarna, Brandeis University "The largest branch of Judaism in North America, Reform Judaism, is clearly at a theological and sociological crossroads. Questions about intermarriage, autonomy, Israel, tradition, prayer, homosexuality, and outreach to non-Jews have stirred the religious world. Contemporary Debates addresses these critical issues head-on with brilliant clarity and with a thoughtfulness that is nothing less than stunning. Every essay will stimulate your mind and will provoke plentyof healthy debate. A must read for anyone who cares about the future of liberal religious life!." -Rabbi Charles A. Kroloff, President, Central Conference of American Rabbis and author," When Elijah Knocks: A Religious Response to Homelessness "Dana Evan Kaplan has done his work as an editor with great perception and unflinching honesty. This book is the best portrait of contemporary Reform Judaism. Through his eyes we see its religious seriousness and its continuing struggles with its own soul." -Arthur Hertzberg, New York University "Contemporary Debates in American Reform Judaism is an admirable compendium of studies, reflections and critiques by thoughtful researchers, rabbis and other scholars as well asby some leaders of the Reform Movement who helped create the phenomena they discuss. It is as up to date as the 1999 Pittsburgh Principles, which are subjected to a diverse range of comment. The book accurately mirrors the clash of passionately held views-from inside as well as outside the Movement-that contribute to the dynamic nature of Reform Judaism in the new century." -Richard Levy, Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles

Forewordp. ix
Introduction: Conflicting Visions of the Reform Movement in the United States Todayp. 1
Where We Are Today
A Religious and Social Profile of Reform Judaism in the United Statesp. 19
Reform Judaism and Modern American Communityp. 39
Reform Judaism in the Spiritual Marketplacep. 49
Why People in the Sunbelt Join a Synagogue: Jewish Religious Preference in Palm Beach Countyp. 56
Legitimacy and Authenticity: The "Sins" of Yesterday and the Controversies of Today
When Reform Judaism Was Judaismp. 69
Reform's Original Sinp. 90
From the Christmas Tree to the Yarmulke: What Separates Classical Reform from Mainstream Reform?p. 96
Full Churches, Empty Synagogues: A Defense of Classical Reformp. 103
Orthodoxy Confronts Reform: The Two Hundred Years' Warp. 111
Personal Status
Not by Birth Alone: The Case for a Missionary Judaismp. 131
Patrilineal Descent Revisitedp. 137
The Importance of Outreach in Maintaining Reform's Autonomy, Diversity, and Pluralismp. 146
Why I Officiate at Mixed-Marriage Wedding Ceremoniesp. 160
Gender
A Worthier Place: Women, Reform Judaism, and the Presidents of Hebrew Union Collegep. 171
Embracing Lesbians and Gay Men: A Reform Jewish Innovationp. 180
"Where Kosher Means Organic and Union Label": Bisexual Women Reembrace Their Jewish Heritagep. 193
Visions for the Future
Leadership for Profound Change: A Means for Transforming the American Reform Synagoguep. 209
The Legitimacy of Reform Judaism: The Impact of Israel on the United Statesp. 221
Reform Judaism of the New Millennium: A Challengep. 235
Transforming the Reform Jewp. 244
Afterwordp. 255
About the Contributorsp. 259
Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9780415926287
ISBN-10: 0415926289
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 8th February 2001
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1

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