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Reasons for Guarded Optimism: Response to Elazar

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Publication Date: January 1995

Publisher(s): Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry

Author(s): Jonathan S. Woocher

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Community life and organization)

Keywords: American Jews; Volunteerism; Jewish organization

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


In Contemporary Jewry 16, 131-134. Elazar is correct in his call for a "recovenanting" in American Jewish life that can restore a sense of commitment and obligation among American Jews. However, even more than a return to belief, such a recovenanting might be propelled by the transformation of our institutions into more engaging and compelling Jewish communities wherein Jewish values are simultaneously learned and lived.