Jewish Polity and American Civil Society: Communal Agencies and Religious Movements in the American Public Sphere / Edition 1

Jewish Polity and American Civil Society: Communal Agencies and Religious Movements in the American Public Sphere / Edition 1

by Alan Mittleman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0742521222

ISBN-13: 9780742521223

Pub. Date: 07/28/2002

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Jewish Polity and American Civil Society is a study of the civic and political engagements of American Jews as mediated by their communal and denominational institutions. The book explores how the various branches of the organized Jewish community seek to influence public affairs. Over the course of the last century, Jewish agencies and religious movements have

Overview

Jewish Polity and American Civil Society is a study of the civic and political engagements of American Jews as mediated by their communal and denominational institutions. The book explores how the various branches of the organized Jewish community seek to influence public affairs. Over the course of the last century, Jewish agencies and religious movements have tried to shape public debate and public policy on such issues as civil rights, church-state relations, and American foreign policy. The book sets the history of Jewish engagement in these areas into historical context; analyzes the motives, strategies, and tactics of various Jewish groups, and evaluates their successes and failures. The book also explores the underlying idea—the public philosophy—that informs American Jews' understanding of civic and political engagement.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742521223
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
1,019,551
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.93(d)

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: The Jewish Political Tradition and the English-Speaking World Part 2 Communal Agencies Chapter 3 "Defenders": National Jewish Community Relations Agencies Chapter 4 Local Community Relations Councils and Their National Body Chapter 5 History of Israel Advocacy Chapter 6 The Jewish Social Welfare Lobby in the United States Part 7 Religious Movements Chapter 8 The Conservative Movement and the Public Square Chapter 9 Reform Judaism, Minority Rights, and the Separation of Church and State Chapter 10 Mainstream Orthodoxy and the American Public Square Chapter 11 Haredim and the Public Square: The Nature of the Social Contract Chapter 12 Reconstructionism and the Public Square: A Multicultural Approach to Judaism in America Chapter 13 Jewish Renewal Chapter 14 Afterword

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