The Cambridge Companion to American Judaism / Edition 1by Dana Evan Kaplan
Pub. Date: 08/28/2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This Companion provides readers with a comprehensive introduction to the most important and interesting historical and contemporary facets of Judaism in America. Written by twenty-four leading scholars from the fields of religious studies, history, literature, philosophy, art history, sociology, and musicology, the survey adopts an inclusive perspective on Jewish
This Companion provides readers with a comprehensive introduction to the most important and interesting historical and contemporary facets of Judaism in America. Written by twenty-four leading scholars from the fields of religious studies, history, literature, philosophy, art history, sociology, and musicology, the survey adopts an inclusive perspective on Jewish religious experience. Three initial chapters cover the development of Judaism in America from 1654, when Sephardic Jews first landed in New Amsterdam, until today.
Table of Contents
Introduction Dana Evan Kaplan; 1. From preservation to innovation: Judaism in America, 1654–1880 Eli Faber; 2. The reshaping of American Judaism, 1880–1945 Lloyd P. Gartner; 3. Trends in American Judaism from 1945 to the present Dana Evan Kaplan; 4. Denominationalism in American Judaism Lawrence Grossman; 5. Patterns of American Jewish religious behavior Chaim Waxman; 6. Thinking Judaism through: Jewish theology in America Byron L. Sherwin; 7. The essence of American Judaism Charles Liebman; 8. Contemporary Jewish education Isa Aron, Michael Zeldin and Sara Lee; 9. The place of Judaism in American Jewish identity Debra Renee Kaufman; 10. The Holocaust in Jewish American life Lynn Rapaport; 11. Long distance nationalism: Zionism, Israel and American Jews Steve Rosenthal; 12. Life cycle rituals: rites of passage in American Judaism Rela Mintz Geffen; 13. Choosing lives: evolving gender roles in American Jewish families Sylvia Barack Fishman; 14. The body and sexuality in American Jewish culture David Biale; 15. The American Jewish urban experience Nathan Glazer; 16. 'Sacred survival' revisited: American Jewish civil religion in the new millennium Jonathan Woocher; 17. Judaism and democracy in America Alan Mittleman; 18. The economics of American Judaism Carmel U. Chiswick; 19. American Judaism and interfaith dialogue Yaakov Ariel; 20. American midrash: urban Jewish writing and the reclaiming of Judaism Murray Baumgarten; 21. Recent trends in new American Jewish music Mark Kligman; 22. The visual arts in the American Jewish experience Matthew Baigell; 23. Present and future tense: American Judaism in the 21st century Bruce Phillips; Afterword Jonathan D. Sarna.
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