The Emerging Spiritual Paradigm
Publication Date: June 2006
Publisher(s): JFL Media
Author(s): J. Shawn Landres
Series: Sh'ma 36, 632 (June 2006)
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Liberal Judaism; Values; Prayer Communities; Ritual Observance
The author discusses a new type of Jewish spirituality currently popular amongst young American Jews which he dubs "Jewish Emergent" because of similarities to the recent Christian movement known as the Emerging Church. Jewish Emergent consists primarily of independent minyanim (prayer groups) and other types of congregation, the author explains, and the movement is characterized by traditional prayer and practice combined with a blurring of the boundaries of sacred and secular space. The author describes similarities and differences between this movement and the chavurah movement of the 1960s and 1970s.