American Modern Orthodoxy: Confronting Cultural Challenges

Publication Date: May 2004

Publisher: Jewish People Policy Planning Institute

Author(s): Chaim I. Waxman

Research Area: Culture and religion; Social conditions

Keywords: Communal Organization; Modernity; Orthodox Judaism; Jewish Identification

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


The author asserts that American Modern Orthodoxy is considerably more prevalent and stronger than many assume. This article presents data indicating its strength and analyzes reasons for its institutional decline and emerging comeback during the second half of the twentieth and onset of the twenty-first centuries. The author also notes some of the challenges facing Modern Orthodoxy as it moves forward.