The Conservative Movement in Judaism: Dilemmas and Opportunities

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SUNY Press, Sep 22, 2000 - Religion - 238 pages
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Viewing the Conservative Movement at a turning point, this book analyzes the problems facing the religious movement with the largest synagogue membership in the American Jewish community and outlines a plan of action for the future. Elazar and Geffen suggest: clarifying ideology, mission, and purpose, finding the right balance between traditionalists and advocates of change, unifying movement institutions in a cooperative effort, staunching the decline of membership to the left, recapturing the loyalty of lapsed adherents, closing the gap in observance between the laity and the standard bearers of the movement, developing the Movement in Israel and world-wide, and strengthening ties with Jewish federations and other Jewish communal bodies. The authors propose that the Conservative Movement’s remedying of these problems will benefit not just American, but all world Jewry.
 

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Contents

A HISTORY OF AMBIVALENCE
13
A RELUCTANT SEPARATION
14
THE MOVEMENT AS A PARTY
19
FROM PARTY TO CAMP?
24
INSTITUTIONS
29
THE CONGREGATIONAL HEART OF THE MOVEMENT
31
THE VARIETY OF CONGREGATIONAL MODELS
34
A NOTE ON YOUTH MOVEMENTS
41
THE MOVEMENT IN ISRAEL
134
A MISSED DIRECTION
140
A NEW PARTNERSHIP
141
WHAT THE MOVEMENTS LEADERSHIP SEEKS
145
RAISING THE HALAKHIC PROFILE
146
ENHANCING CONSERVATIVE INTELLECTUAL LIFE
147
ADDRESSING THE SPIRITUAL NEEDS OF CONSERVATIVE JEWS
149
THE COMMUNAL APPROACH
151

NEW INSTITUTIONS EMERGE
43
THE HAVUROT
47
THE SOLOMON SCHECHTER SCHOOLS
48
IDEOLOGY AND THEOLOGY
53
GOD TORAH AND ISRAEL
54
SHIFTS AND STAGES
59
BENCHMARKS AND BOUNDARIES
65
STYLE
69
ELITE AND MASS
71
RABBINICAL PREEMINENCE
74
SYNAGOGISM
79
RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE
82
DEMOGRAPHICS
91
DECLINE IN THE FOURTH GENERATION
99
ORTHODOXY RESURGENT
105
THE CHANGING FAMILY
108
A NOTE ON REGIONALISM IN THE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT
112
LEADERSHIP
117
IN THE CONGREGATIONS
119
IN THE JEWISH WORLD
122
THE WORLD MOVEMENT
127
THE NEW CONTEXT OF WORLD JEWRY
128
THE SCOPE OF THE WORLD CONSERVATIVEMASORTI MOVEMENT
129
THE ZIONIST APPROACH
152
RESOLVING CONFLICTS SETTING PRIORITIES
153
NEXT STEPS
159
IDEOLOGY HALAKHAH AND A BROADENED BASE
161
THE NEED FOR IDEOLOGICAL CLARIFICATION
162
FOSTERING A MORE SERIOUS HALAKHIC MOVEMENT
167
BROADENING THE BASE
169
CONFRONTING THE DEMOGRAPHIC CHALLENGE
172
BUILDING A REAL WORLD MOVEMENT
174
BUILDING A MASORTI MOVEMENT IN ISRAEL
175
IS CONSERVATIVE JUDAISM BEST SERVED THROUGH A SINGLE MOVEMENT OR A MULTIMOVEMENT COMMUNITY?
179
LINKS TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE
180
INTERNAL UNITY
183
REDUCING THE GAP BETWEEN THE CIRCLES
185
INTEGRATING THE MOVEMENTS PARTS INTO A WHOLE
189
BROADENING THE LEADERSHIP
193
THE ROLE OF THE JEWISH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
195
STRENGTHENING RABBINIC LEADERSHIP
197
A SUMMARY AND FINAL WORD
198
GLOSSARY
205
NOTES
209
INDEX
225
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Daniel J. Elazar was the President of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and Professor Emeritus of Intergovernmental Relations at Bar-Ilan University. He was the author and editor of more than seventy books, including, with coauthor Harold M. Waller, the National Jewish Book Award Winner Maintaining Consensus: The Canadian Jewish Polity in the Postwar World.

Rela Mintz Geffen is Professor of Sociology at Gratz College. She is the editor of several books including Celebration and Renewal: Rites of Passage in Judaism, and with Marsha Bryan Edelman, Freedom and Responsibility: Exploring the Dilemmas of Jewish Continuity.

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