Watershed events_including the second Palestinian uprising in 2000, September 11, 2001 and the Iraq war_have created important new challenges for American Jewry. The introductory essay and interviews with 17 prominent American Jews explore these. Major elements of American Jewry's changing mind-set relate to Israel. Others concern attitudes toward Evangelical Christians and Muslims as well as increased anxiety about anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. These, mainly political, challenges are superimposed on the structural problems of American Jewry.
Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld is a leading expert on Judaism and the environment. He lectures and publishes extensively on the subject, internationally and in Israel. Dr. Gerstenfeld has an extensive background in Jewish public affairs. He is chairman of the steering committee of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, is co-chair of the Judaism Task Force of the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, co-publisher of the Jerusalem Letter/Viewpoints and co-publisher of Jewish Environmental Perspectives.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgements Chapter 2 Foreword Chapter 3 American Jewry after Recent Mega-Events Part 4 Interviews Chapter 5 Norman Podhoretz: Countervailing Trends in American Jewry Chapter 6 Alan Dershowitz: Unprepared Jewish Leadership and Radical Change Chapter 7 Gray Rosenblatt: Change and Perplexity Chapter 8 David Harris: Confronting Existential Questions Chapter 9 Malcolm Hoenlein: A Community Seeking Unity through Consensus Chapter 10 Stuart Eizenstat: The Activism of American Jews and Restitution Chapter 11 Abraham Foxman: The Resuscitation of Anti-Semitism Chapter 12 Marvin Hier: Building a Major Organization from Scratch Chapter 13 Daniel Pipes: The End of American Jewry's Golden Era Chapter 14 Shoshana Cardin: Community versus Individualism Chapter 15 Rela Mintz Geffen: Sociological Changes in the Community Chapter 16 David Ellenson: New Concepts for Teaching Reform Rabbis Chapter 17 Ismar Schorsch: Indicators of Spiritual Renaissance Chapter 18 Norman Lamm: Changes in Modern Orthodoxy Chapter 19 Richard Joel: Revitalizing Hillel Chapter 20 Carole Solomon: National and International Responsibilities Chapter 21 Mark Charendoff: At the Core of the Funding Revolution Chapter 22 Afterword Chapter 23 Index Chapter 24 About the Contributors and Interviewees Chapter 25 About the Author