Studying the Jewish Future

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University of Washington Press, 2004 - Religion - 152 pages
Studying the Jewish Future explores the power of Jewish culture and assesses the perceived threats to the coherence and size of Jewish communities in the United States, Europe, and Israel. In an unconventional and provocative argument, Calvin Goldscheider departs from the limiting vision of the demographic projections that have shaped predictions about the health and future of Jewish communities and asserts that “the quality of Jewish life has become the key to the future of Jewish communities.”
 

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Contents

Studying the Jewish Future
3
The Futures of Jewish Communities in the United States Europe and Israel
13
Forecasting Jewish Populations
46
The Centrality of Jewish Values in Shaping the Jewish Future
72
What Prophecy and Animal Sacrifices Reveal about Contemporary Jewish Communities
86
Secularism Religion Ethnicity and Assimilation
100
Notes
139
Index
147
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Page 2 - Jews ot the past, are now entrusted to us. No other group has superseded them. We are the only channel of Jewish tradition, those who must save Judaism from oblivion, those who must hand over the entire past to the generations to come. We are either the last, the dying, Jews or else we are those who will give new life to our tradition. Rarely in our history has so much been dependent upon one generation. We will either forfeit or enrich the legacy of the ages. Judaism is not a chapter in the history...
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Myrna Goldenberg is professor emerita, Montgomery College, Maryland, founding director of the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery, and adjunct professor at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University. Rochelle L. Millen is professor of religion at Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio. Other contributors include Beth Hawkins Benedix, Timothy A. Bennett, David R. Blumenthal, Stephen Feinstein, Donald Felipe, Leonard Grob, Marilyn J. Harran, Henry F. Knight, Paul A. Levine, Juergen Manemann, Rachel Rapperport Munn, Tam Parker, David Patterson, Didier Pollefeyt, Amy Shapiro, Stephen D. Smith, Laurinda Stryker, and Mary Todd.

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