Contemporary Debates in American Reform Judaism: Conflicting Visions

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Psychology Press, 2001 - Religion - 274 pages
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This is a ground breaking collection of essays that takes a hard look at the Reform Movement today. Opening essays look at the problem of building a religous community, the competition in the "spiritual marketplace," and why people join or do not join a Reform synagogue. Other contributors look at a host of controversial issues including Patrilineal Descent, Outreach, Intermarriage, gender issues, gay and lesbian participation, and others.
 

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Contents

A Religious and Social Profile of Reform Judaism
19
Reform Judaism and Modern American Community
39
Reform Judaism in the Spiritual Marketplace
49
Section 2
67
Reforms Original
90
The Case for a Missionary Judaism
131
Patrilineal Descent Revisited
137
The Importance of Outreach in Maintaining
146
Why I Officiate at MixedMarriage Wedding Ceremonies
160
Women Reform Judaism and the Presidents
171
A Means
209
A Challenge
235
Afterword
255
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Dana Evan Kaplan is the Oppenstein Brothers assistant Professor of Judaic and Religous Studies in the Department of History and the director of the Danciger Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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