,On Jewish Peoplehood

On Jewish Peoplehood


Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher: American Jewish Committee

Author(s): David Harman; Steven Bayme

Research Area: Culture and religion

Keywords: Informal Jewish education; Jewish Youth; Jewish Unity; Jewish Continuity

Type: Other


Historically, despite whatever divisions existed between Jews, the sense of unity in peoplehood remained. Now, the authors contend, this sense of peoplehood is unraveling due to deep cultural, religious and ideological divisions. Restoration of this common bond cannot be found in formal education, argues Professor David Harman. Rather, environments and experiences that make Jewishness relevant to the lives of Jewish people must be created. The internet's potential for creating virtual communities makes it potentially a major asset to this mission, Harman contends.