The Case for Jewish Peoplehood

Author: Erica Brown
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
ISBN: 1580234011
Format: PDF
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This clarion call to the Jewish community explores the purpose, possibilities, and limitations of peoplehood as a unifying concept of community for a people struggling profoundly with Jewish identity. It defines what peoplehood is--and is not--and explores both collective and personal Jewish identity and the natue of identity construction.

Spiritual Boredom

Author: Erica Brown
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
ISBN: 1580234054
Format: PDF, Kindle
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What happens when our need for constant newness minimizes our interest in prayer, learning and the mysteries of nature? An intriguing look at spiritual boredom and what the absence of inspiration means to the present and future of the Jewish tradition.

Reimagining Leadership in Jewish Organizations

Author: Misha Galperin, Dr.
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
ISBN: 1580234925
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Provides inspiring, action-oriented advice and examples that illustrate how you can help cultivate strong, effective and transformative leadership that will help your organization achieve its goals.

Jewish Peoplehood

Author: Noam Pianko
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 0813563666
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Winner of the 2017 American Jewish Historical Society’s Saul Viener Book Prize Although fewer American Jews today describe themselves as religious, they overwhelmingly report a strong sense of belonging to the Jewish people. Indeed, Jewish peoplehood has eclipsed religion—as well as ethnicity and nationality—as the essence of what binds Jews around the globe to one another. In Jewish Peoplehood, Noam Pianko highlights the current significance and future relevance of “peoplehood” by tracing the rise, transformation, and return of this novel term. The book tells the surprising story of peoplehood. Though it evokes a sense of timelessness, the term actually emerged in the United States in the 1930s, where it was introduced by American Jewish leaders, most notably Rabbi Stephen Wise and Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, with close ties to the Zionist movement. It engendered a sense of unity that transcended religious differences, cultural practices, geographic distance, economic disparity, and political divides, fostering solidarity with other Jews facing common existential threats, including the Holocaust, and establishing a closer connection to the Jewish homeland. But today, Pianko points out, as globalization erodes the dominance of nationalism in shaping collective identity, Jewish peoplehood risks becoming an outdated paradigm. He explains why popular models of peoplehood fail to address emerging conceptions of ethnicity, nationalism, and race, and he concludes with a much-needed roadmap for a radical reconfiguration of Jewish collectivity in an increasingly global era. Innovative and provocative, Jewish Peoplehood provides fascinating insight into a term that assumes an increasingly important position at the heart of American Jewish and Israeli life. For additional information go to: http://www.noampianko.net

Inspired Jewish Leadership

Author: Erica Brown
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
ISBN: 1580233619
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Drawing on the past and looking to the future, this practical guide provides the tools you need to work through important contemporary leadership issues. It takes a broad look at positions of leadership in the modern Jewish community and the qualities and skills you need in order to succeed in these positions. Real-life anecdotes, interviews, and dialogue stimulate thinking about board development, ethical leadership, conflict resolution, change management, and effective succession planning.

Jews and Diaspora Nationalism

Author: Simon Rabinovitch
Publisher: UPNE
ISBN: 1611683629
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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An anthology of Jewish diaspora nationalist thought across the ideological spectrum

Confronting Scandal

Author: Erica Brown
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
ISBN: 1580234402
Format: PDF
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Looks at the emotional response by the Jewish community to reports of Jews commiting crimes or involved in scandals, offering a way to transform the sense of shame into inspirational actions to influence a moral culture.

Thinking Jewish Culture in America

Author: Ken Koltun-Fromm
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739174479
Format: PDF
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Thinking Jewish Culture in America argues that Jewish thought extends our awareness and deepens the complexity of American Jewish culture. This volume stretches the disciplinary boundaries of Jewish thought so that it can productively engage expanding arenas of culture by drawing Jewish thought into the orbit of cultural studies.

International Handbook of Jewish Education

Author: Helena Miller
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9789400703544
Format: PDF, ePub
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The International Handbook of Jewish Education, a two volume publication, brings together scholars and practitioners engaged in the field of Jewish Education and its cognate fields world-wide. Their submissions make a significant contribution to our knowledge of the field of Jewish Education as we start the second decade of the 21st century. The Handbook is divided broadly into four main sections: Vision and Practice: focusing on issues of philosophy, identity and planning –the big issues of Jewish Education. Teaching and Learning: focusing on areas of curriculum and engagement Applications, focusing on the ways that Jewish Education is transmitted in particular contexts, both formal and informal, for children and adults. Geographical, focusing on historical, demographic, social and other issues that are specific to a region or where an issue or range of issues can be compared and contrasted between two or more locations. This comprehensive collection of articles providing high quality content, constitutes a difinitive statement on the state of Jewish Education world wide, as well as through a wide variety of lenses and contexts. It is written in a style that is accessible to a global community of academics and professionals.

Jewish Identity

Author: Ruth Shamir Popkin
Publisher: Gefen Publishing House
ISBN: 9789652296719
Format: PDF, ePub
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Though the seemingly impossible dream of a sovereign Jewish state became a reality over sixty years ago, the question of Jewish identity remains as much an enigma as ever. That enigma is at the heart of Dr Ruth Shamirs book as it explores the history -- at times tragic, at times triumphant -- of the evolution of Jewish identity in the modern era. Dr Shamir skillfully guides the reader through a myriad of issues that are today at the centre of a passionate debate both in Israel itself as well as in the Diaspora, where half of the worlds Jews still live. The debate -- and hence the main themes of the book -- revolves around such questions as: Are we a nation or just a religious sect?; How do Israelis and Jews around the world conceptualise their loyalties?; How acceptable is Jewish fundamentalism and how does Israel deal with the Moslem population within its borders?; How do Diaspora Jews view Israeli identity and how do Israelis define the identity of Diaspora Jews?; Above all, who is a Jew? However difficult it may be to maintain the many complex and continually changing Jewish identities under the single roof of Judaism, Dr Shamir contends that we have no alternative -- neither for Israelis nor for the Jews of the Diaspora. But if that overarching identity is to be preserved, Jews must internalise the core ideas of multiculturalism to create a multifaceted Jewish identity that positively reflects the freedoms of todays world.