Reasons for Guarded Optimism: Response to Elazar


Publication Date: January 1995

Publisher: Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry

Author(s): Jonathan S. Woocher

Research Area: Culture and religion; Social conditions

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.