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American Jewry's Challenge: Conversations Confronting the Twenty-first Century (Hardback)
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American Jewry's Challenge: Conversations Confronting the Twenty-first Century (Hardback)

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Hardback 304 Pages / Published: 04/01/2005
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Watershed events_including the second Palestinian uprising in 2000, September 11, 2001 and the Iraq war_have created important new challenges for American Jewry. The introductory essay and interviews with 17 prominent American Jews explore these. Major elements of American Jewry's changing mind-set relate to Israel. Others concern attitudes toward Evangelical Christians and Muslims as well as increased anxiety about anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. These, mainly political, challenges are superimposed on the structural problems of American Jewry.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742542822
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 590 g
Dimensions: 236 x 151 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A time capsule of analyses and predictions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the growth of antisemitism, trends in the American Jewish community, relations with Evangelical Christians, and the danger of radical Islam by a distinguished group of American Jewish leaders. Only time will tell who were the true prophets. -- David R. Blumenthal, Jay and Leslie Cohen Professor of Judaic Studies, Emory University, author of Facing the Abusing God: A Theology of Protest.
Professor Gerstenfeld provides a useful analysis of the problems facing Jews today along with commentary by current Jewish leaders on how to grapple with them. -- Murray Friedman, director, Feinstein Center for American Jewish History at Temple University
This book offers a fascinating look at how America's Jewish leadership has begun to assess the impact of recent global events. New threats, old challenges and future alliances are explored in a reflective snapshot by key players whose careers span decades of organizational activism. Historians and policymakers-not only in America but particularly in Europe-will find these interviews both useful and revealing. -- Barry Kosmin, executive director, Institute for Jewish Policy Research, London
How are American Jewish leaders responding to the new dangers of the 21st century? Manfred Gerstenfeld captures the thinking of these leaders at a transitional moment, when the formulas of the 20th century may no longer work and the solutions of the new century have yet to be conceived. -- Jack Wertheimer, Provost and Professor of American Jewish History, Jewish Theological Seminary
This study pinpoints problems and suggests solutions and is a good beginning place for those who want to understand what is going on in the modern American Jewish community. -- David Wallace * Community *
Following up on surveys conducted by the "Jews and the American Public Square" project examining how US Jews link their Jewishness and engagement as citizens, this volume comprises interviews with 17 prominent American Jews in light of 9/11, Lieberman's presidential candidacy, and other recent "mega-events." * Reference and Research Book News *

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