Religious Movements in Collision - A Jewish Culture War?

Publication Date: January 1993

Publisher: Brandeis University Press

Author(s): Jack Wertheimer

Research Area: Culture and religion

Keywords: American Jews; Religious denominations

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


An analysis of shifts in the policies and practices of each Jewish denomination provides a necessary context in which to assess why relations between the religious groups have deteriorated in recent years. Declining levels of synagogue affiliation and involvement of third - and forth - generation American Jews, has forced all Jewish institutions to compete for members. The policies of Jewish denominations have also been shaped by the aggressive tenor of religious disputation that characterizes relations between segments of American Christianity and indeed religious antagonists throughout the world.