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American Judaism: Changing Patterns in Denominational Self-Definition

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Publication Date: January 1992

Author(s): Arnold Eisen

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Religious denominations; American Jews

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


In Studies in Contemporary Jewry 8, 21-49. Transformations in the religious options among which American Jews may choose will be examined here via a careful reading of prayer books, statements of principles, and essays by representative figures of the major denominations. Such an analysis can shed light on the changed self-presentation of the movements and the changed self-understanding of their elites and can also serve as a basis for evaluation of the altered religious landscape of American Jews.