A Great Awakening: The Transformation That Shaped Twentieth Century American Judaism and its Implications for Today


Publication Date: January 1995

Publisher: Mandel Foundation (Jerusalem); Council for Initiatives in Jewish Education

Author(s): Jonathan D. Sarna

Research Area: Culture and religion; Social conditions

Keywords: American Jews; Jewish organization

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This essay looks back at a transforming moment in our past in an effort to place contemporary challenges into historical perspective. What makes the inquiry particularly pertinent is the fact that the American Jewish community met the multiple challenges it faced. The result-laden with implications for today - was a community that experienced a renewed sense of mission and an awakening of new life.