Judaism in America, 1st Edition

  • Marc Lee Raphael
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  • ISBN-10: 0231512449
  • ISBN-13: 9780231512442
  • DDC: 296.0973
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 234 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released August 2007
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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Provides a history of the Judaic tradition and offers a portrait of contemporary American Judaic life. Covers worship, beliefs, festivals, and life-cycle events, both traditional and non-traditional, and an explanation of the enormous variation in practice. Discusses the emergence and development of the four branches: Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Reform. Discusses the return to tradition in every branch of Judaism and examines prospects for the future.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Columbia Contemporary American Religion Series.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Judaism in America.
1: What Is American Judaism?.
2: Worship.
3: Holidays and Life-Cycle Ceremonies.
4: Variety.
5: Jewish versus Judaic.
6: Beliefs, Festivals, and Life-cycle Events.
7: Beliefs.
8: Festivals.
9: Life-Cycle Events.
10: A History of Judaism in America.
11: The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.
12: The Nineteenth Century.
13: The Late Nineteenth and the Twentieth Centuries.
14: Institutions, Organizations and American Jewish Religious Activity.
15: The Union of American Hebrew Congregations.
16: The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
17: The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America.
18: The Jewish Reconstructionist Federation.
19: The Synagogue.
20: The Varieties of Worship.
21: The Sermon.
22: Non-Jews and "Outreach".
23: Staffing.
24: The Future of American Judaism.
25: Spirituality.
26: A Changing Landscape: Jews by Choice.
27: A Changing Landscape: Gay and Lesbian Congregations.
28: A Changing Landscape: Education.
29: A Changing Landscape: Architecture.
30: A Changing Landscape: Zion.
31: Select Profiles of Judaic Thinkers in America.
32: Gratz, Rebecca (1781–1869).
33: Heschel, Abraham Joshua (1907–1972).
34: Kaplan, Mordecai M. (1881–1984).
35: Schechter, Solomon (1847–1915).
36: Schneerson, Menachem Mendel (1902–1993).
37: Szold, Henrietta (1860–1945).
38: Weiss-Rosmarin, Trude (1908–1989).
39: Wise, Isaac Mayer (1819–1900).
40: The Retrieval of Tradition.
41: Reform Judaism.
42: Orthodox Judaism.
43: Conservative Judaism.
44: Reconstructionist Judaism.
Selected Further Reading.
Electronic Resources.