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Jewish Polity and American Civil Society Communal Agencies and Religious Movements in the American Public Sphere

ISBN-10: 0742521222

ISBN-13: 9780742521223

Edition: 2002

Authors: Alan L. Mittleman, Robert A. Licht, Jonathan D. Sarna, Allan Arkush, Joel M. Carp

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Jewish Polity and American Civil Society is a study of the civic and political engagements of American Jews as mediated by their communal and denominational institutions. The book explores how the various branches of the organized Jewish community seek to influence public affairs. Over the course of the last century, Jewish agencies and religious movements have tried to shape public debate and public policy on such issues as civil rights, church-state relations, and American foreign policy. The book sets the history of Jewish engagement in these areas into historical context; analyzes the motives, strategies, and tactics of various Jewish groups, and evaluates their successes and failures. The book also explores the underlying idea--the public philosophy--that informs American Jews' understanding of civic and political engagement.
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Book details

List price: $53.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/23/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Alan L. Mittleman is professor of modern Jewish thought at the Jewish Theological Seminary. His books include "A Short History of Jewish Ethics" and "Hope in a Democratic Age".

Jonathan D. Sarna is the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and Chief Historian of the National Museum of American Jewish History. He has written, edited or co-edited more than twenty-five books, including American Judaism: A History, winner of the “Jewish Book of the Year” award from the Jewish Book Council.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction--The Jewish Political Tradition and the English-Speaking World
Communal Agencies
"Defenders": National Jewish Community Relations Agencies
Local Community Relations Councils and Their National Body
History of Israel Advocacy
The Jewish Social Welfare Lobby in the United States
Religious Movements
The Conservative Movement and the Public Square
Reform Judaism, Minority Rights, and the Separation of Church and State
Mainstream Orthodoxy and the American Public Square
Haredim and the Public Square: The Nature of the Social Contract
Reconstructionism and the Public Square: A Multicultural Approach to Judaism in America
Jewish Renewal
Afterword
Index
About the Contributors