Reasons for Guarded Optimism: Response to Elazar
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
Keywords: American Jews; Volunteerism; Jewish organization
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.