Community and Polity: The Organizational Dynamics of American Jewry

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An update and revision of the original 1976 edition. This study presents a two-fold discussion: a basic survey of the structure and functions of the American Jewish community, and a suggestion as to how that community should be understood as a body politic, a collective unit that is not a state but is no less real from a political perspective.
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Overview


An update and revision of the original 1976 edition. This study presents a two-fold discussion: a basic survey of the structure and functions of the American Jewish community, and a suggestion as to how that community should be understood as a body politic, a collective unit that is not a state but is no less real from a political perspective.
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Jonathan Woocher
Coming back to Community and Polity in a revised edition two decades after first reading it is a bit like revisiting an old friend who has changed in a few identifiable ways, but remains basically the same person whom we felt so good about and comfortable with years ago. -- Jewish Book World
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Analyzes the developments in the American Jewish community through the postwar generation to the present, surveying the structure and functions of the community and suggesting that it should be understood as a body politic. Addresses topics such as assimilation, adaptation to American life, and religious and educational community activity. This revised addition looks at the impact of demographic shifts on community organization and the institutionalization of new relationships between the American Jewish community and Israel. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827605657
  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
  • Publication date: 5/1/1995
  • Series: Jewish Communal and Public Affairs
  • Edition description: Rev. and updated ed
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised and Updated Edition
Abbreviations
Introduction: The American Jewish Community and the Jewish Political Experience 3
1 Assimilation and Authenticity: The Problem of the American Jewish Community 19
2 Jewish Adaptations to American Life 44
3 The Community in Its Environment 90
4 The American Environment and Jewish Religious Life 117
5 The Evolving Form of the American Jewish Community: American Geography, Jewish Traditions of Governance, and Technological Change 150
6 The "State" of American Jewry and Its Institutional Base 169
7 The Mosaic of Jewish Communal Life 190
8 Organizing Jewish Activity 234
9 The Five Spheres of Community Activity 277
10 The Major Communities and the New Geo-Demographics 313
11 Institutions and Decision Makers 359
12 Handling the Tasks of the Jewish Community 394
13 From Fragmentation to Reintegration? The Polity Enters the Postmodern Epoch 431
Selected Bibliography: Jewish Community Studies 452
Notes 461
Index 481
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