Reform Judaism in America: A Biographical Dictionary and Sourcebook

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Kerry M. Olitzky, Lance Jonathan Sussman, Malcolm H. Stern
Greenwood Press, Jan 1, 1993 - Religion - 347 pages
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This valuable reference extensively documents the lives and careers of the most influential leaders of Reform Judaism in America. The editors have assembled concise but informative biographical profiles of approximately 170 people. The work spans the period from the beginning of the Reform movement in 1824 through the 1976 Centenary Perspective. The individuals profiled were selected because of their impact on Reform Judaism at a national level. Included are the principal architects of reform, national organizational leaders, distinguished rabbis and academicians, outstanding cantors, volunteer lay activists, and women.

The work begins with an essay on the history of Reform Judaism in America. A biographical dictionary follows. Each entry in the dictionary assesses the career and contributions of a particular leader and closes with a short bibliography of works by and about that individual. The dictionary is followed by a set of essays that overview the history of associations related to Reform Judaism. A section of appendices lists the principal figures affiliated with these organizations. An extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources concludes the work, making it an indispensable reference tool.

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Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky, named one of the fifty leading rabbis in North America by "Newsweek", is well known for his inspiring books that bring the Jewish wisdom tradition into everyday life. He is executive director of the Jewish Outreach Institute, and is author of many books on Jewish spirituality, healing and Jewish religious practice, including Making a Successful Jewish Interfaith Marriage: The Jewish Outreach Institute Guide to Opportunities, Challenges and Resources; "Introducing My Faith and My Community: The Jewish Outreach Institute Guide; Jewish Paths toward Healing and Wholeness: A Personal Guide to Dealing with Suffering; Grief in Our Seasons: A Mourner's Kaddish Companion; "Twelve Jewish Steps to Recovery: A Personal Guide to Turning from Alcoholism & Other Addictions Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex...; Facing Cancer as a Family; "Life's Daily Blessings: Inspiring Reflections on Gratitude for Every Day, Based on Jewish Wisdom"; "100 Blessings Every Day: Daily Twelve Step Recovery Affirmations, Exercises for Personal Growth and Renewal Reflecting Seasons of the Jewish Year"; and "Recovery from Codependance: A Jewish Twelve Step Guide to Healing Your Soul". He is also co-author of "Grandparenting Interfaith Grandchildren"; Jewish Holidays: A Brief Introduction for Christians; Jewish Ritual: A Brief Introduction for Christians; Renewed Each Day, Vol. One Genesis and Exodus: Daily Twelve Step Recovery Meditations; Renewed Each Day, Vol. Two Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy: Daily Twelve Step Recovery Meditations Based on the Bible and co-editor of The Rituals and Practices of a Jewish Life: A Handbook for Personal Spiritual Renewal(all Jewish Lights).Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky is available to speak on the following topics: The Jewish Twelve Step Path to Healing and RecoverySparks Beneath the Surface: A Spiritual Read on the TorahWelcoming the Stranger in Our MidstHow to Nurture Jewish Grandchildren Being Raised in an Interfaith FamilyOptimism for a Jewish Future

LANCE J. SUSSMAN is Assistant Professor of American Jewish History at SUNY Binghamton and rabbi of Temple Concord in Binghamton, New York.

MALCOLM H. STERN is Staff Genealogist of the American Jewish Archives and a lecturer in Jewish History at Hebrew Union College--Jewish Institute of Religion, where he also serves as Field Work Counselor.

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