Publication Date: January 2008
Publisher: Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life
Author(s): Dan Ehrenkrantz; Leonard Saxe; David Gedzelman
Research Area: Culture and religion
Keywords: Diversity; Language; Jewish identification; Jewish Unity
This issue of Contact explores the idea of Jewish peoplehood from a variety of perspectives. Rabbi Dan Ehrenkrantz and Rabbi Joy Levitt discuss Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan's conception of Jewish peoplehood. Dr. Leonard Saxe discusses Jewish peoplehood and young adults. Dr. Alan Mintz discusses the Hebrew language and Jewish peoplehood. Rokhl Kafrissen discusses the Yiddish language and Jewish peoplehood. Douglas Rushkoff advocates abandoning the ideal of Jewish nationalism or peoplehood, in favor of Jewish values and universal justice. Ruth Ouazana discusses the racial and cultural diversity of the Jewish people. Also included are articles by Rabbi David Gedzelman, an anonymous corporate executive, and Yosef Israel Abramowitz.