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Some Paradoxes in American Jewish Life

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Publication Date: March 1988

Publisher(s): Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Author(s): Gerald B. Bubis

Series: Changing Jewish Communities/Viewpoints, no.70 (15 March 1988)

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Jewish Identification; Jewish Organizations; Modernity; Values

Type: Other

Coverage: United States


The author presents a list of fifteen paradoxes in American Jewish life today. Some key paradoxes include: the cost of Jewish education; that today's Jews are wealthier but give less than past generations; that the most innovative Jews are not necessarily involved in the Jewish community; the lack of intellectuals in Jewish governance; and the lack of dialogue between Jewish denominations.