People Divided Judaism in Contemporary America

ISBN-10: 0874518482
ISBN-13: 9780874518481
Edition: 1997 (Reprint)
Authors: Jack Wertheimer
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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 9/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 287
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

This brilliant analysis of American Judaism in the last half of the 20th century won the 1993-94 National Jewish Book Award for the best book on contemporary Jewry and also was named an Outstanding Book of 1993 by Choice. Jack Wertheimer examines how fundamental changes in American society have affected Jewish religious and communal life, paying special attention to contradictions and schisms that threaten the integrity of American Jewish practices and beliefs. A People Divided remains an essential primer for anyone interested in the ongoing debate about what constitutes Jewishness and who is a Jew.

Jack Wertheimerholds the Joseph and Martha Mendelson Chair in American Jewish History at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he also directs the Joseph and Miriam Ratner Center for the Study of Conservative Judaism. He is the author of Unwelcome Strangers: East European Jews in Imperial Germany and is completing a book on the transformation of American Judaism in the second half of the twentieth century. He is also the editor of The American Synagogue: A Sanctuary Transformed and The Uses of Tradition: Jewish Continuity in the Modern Era.

Preface
Introduction
Postwar Judaism: An Era of Stability, a Decade of Conflict
Expansion and Respectability at Midcentury
The Turbulent Sixties
Popular Religion: Apathy and Renewal
The Drift toward Religious Minimalism
Expressions of Popular Religious Revival
The Fragmenting World of Organized Judaism
Reform: Change in Both Directions
Orthodoxy: Triumphalism on the Right
Conservative Judaism and the Challenge of Centrism
The Reconstruction of Kaplanian Reconstructionism
Religious Movements in Collision: A Jewish Culture War?
Conclusion: Judaism within the Landscape of American Religion
Notes
Bibliography of Selected Secondary Works
Glossary
Index

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