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

Conflicting Visions of the Reform Movement in the United States Today
1
Section 1 Where We Are Today
17
The Sins of Yesterday and the Controversies of Today
66
Section 3 Personal Status
128
Section 4 Gender
168
Section 5 Visions for the Future
207
Afterword
255
About the Contributors
258
Index
265
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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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