By Abraham J. Karp
Jewish Continuity in the US offers an summary of a life's paintings through a preeminent student and brings new perception to the problem of yankee Jewish continuity.
Jews have traditionally lived inside of a paradox of religion and worry: religion that they're an everlasting humans and worry that their new release could be the final. within the usa, the Jewish group has confronted to a heightened measure the iconic query of identification and assimilation: How does the Jewish group during this unfastened, open, pluralistic society realize or create factors-both ideological and existential-that make team survival necessary to the bigger society and profitable to the person Jew?
Abraham J. Karp's Jewish Continuity in the United States makes a speciality of the 3 significant resources of yank Judaism's carrying on with power: the synagogue, the rabbinate, and Jewish non secular pluralism. fairly illuminating is Karp's exam of the coexistence and unity-in-diversity of yank spiritual Jewry's 3 divisions-Orthodox, Reform, and Conservative-and of the way this Jewish non secular pluralism matches into the bigger photograph of yankee spiritual pluralism.
Informing the bigger company via sharp and whole delineation of discrete endeavors, the essays accumulated in Jewish Continuity in America-some already said as classics, a few showing the following for the 1st time-describe inventive person and communal responses to the problem of Jewish survival. because the identify indicates, this ebook argues that continuity in a unfastened and open society calls for a excessive order of creativity, a creativity that, to be conceivable, needs to be anchored in associations completely pledged to continuity.
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PART ONE The Synagogue in America From the beginning of Jewish communal life in America, the synagogue has been the chosen instrument for the expression and transmission of Jewish identity. It became the central institution for establishing and enhancing Jewish association, for inculcating Jewish knowledge, and for the fostering of Jewish loyalties. Hebrew University Professor Ernst Simon has observed that, whereas in the European Jewish experience inertia has assured Jewish identity, in America inertia makes for assimilation.
Social and Communal Activities. Boy Scout Troop ... second leading troop in the city.... Girl Scout Troop ... carried away all the prizes for scout work. 3. The Ham-Zam-Rim Society . the musical glee club of the Junior congregation ... only boys of musical and vocal talents are accepted. 4. The Zadik-Zadik Club of the Junior Auxiliary looks after the social programs. 5. Junior Menorah Society for high school boys and girls meets weekly for discussion ... and papers are read by members. 6. The Progress Club consists of older sons and daughters of members.
Isaac M. Wise, who had recommended Dr. Adler, was pleased to publish in the Israelite extracts of Beth El's constitution and bylaws adopted in 1856, translated from the original German: 1. An Israelitish congregation ... should be one great family .... 3. [It] is obliged to establish and support regular and public divine worship ... by warm, earnest and cordial participation .... 4. The education of the young in all its branches, especially in religion, is a duty involving the whole congregation ....
Jewish Continuity in America: Creative Survival in a Free Society by Abraham J. Karp