To Be or Not to Be: The Jewish American Paradox
Hosted By: American Jewish University
How can Jews who have different values, perspectives, and relationships with their faith, keep the community open, vibrant, and thriving? Jews in America are in a period of unprecedented status and impact, but for many their identity as Jews–religiously, historically, culturally–is increasingly complicated.
Many are becoming Jews without Judaism. It appears success and acceptance will accomplish what even the most virulent anti-Semitism never could—if not the disappearance of Jews themselves, the undermining of what it means to be Jewish. In this thoughtful, personal, deeply reasoned book, Robert Mnookin explores the conundrums of Jewish identity, faith, and community in America by delving deep into Jewish history, law, and custom. Mnookin and AJU’s Jonathan Dobrer will explore the head, heart, and heritage of Judaism and confront key challenges in the Jewish debate from the issue of intermarriage to the matter of Israeli policies.
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