Judaism's Encounter with American Sports / Edition 1

Judaism's Encounter with American Sports / Edition 1

by Jeffrey S. Gurock
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253347009

ISBN-13: 9780253347008

Pub. Date: 08/28/2005

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Judaism’s Encounter with American Sports examines how sports entered the lives of American Jewish men and women and how the secular values of sports threatened religious identification and observance. What do Jews do when a society—in this case, a team—"chooses them in," but demands commitments that clash with ancestral ties and practices?

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Overview

Judaism’s Encounter with American Sports examines how sports entered the lives of American Jewish men and women and how the secular values of sports threatened religious identification and observance. What do Jews do when a society—in this case, a team—"chooses them in," but demands commitments that clash with ancestral ties and practices?

Jeffrey S. Gurock uses the experience of sports to illuminate an important mode of modern Jewish religious conflict and accommodation to America. He considers the defensive strategies American Jewish leaders have employed in response to sports’ challenges to identity, such as using temple and synagogue centers, complete with gymnasiums and swimming pools, to attract the athletically inclined to Jewish life. Within the suburban frontiers of post–World War II America, sports-minded modern Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform rabbis competed against one another for the allegiances of Jewish athletes and all other Americanized Jews. In the present day, tensions among Jewish movements are still played out in the sports arena.

Today, in a mostly accepting American society, it is easy for sports-minded Jews to assimilate completely, losing all regard for Jewish ties. At the same time, a very tolerant America has enabled Jews to succeed in the sports world, while keeping faith with Jewish traditions. Gurock foregrounds his engaging book against his own experiences as a basketball player, coach, and marathon runner. By using the metaphor of sports, Judaism’s Encounter with American Sports underscores the basic religious dilemmas of our day.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253347008
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Series:
Modern Jewish Experience Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Sales rank:
796,403
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Prologue: Within the Wide Tent of a Bronx Orthodox Congregation, circa 1960
1. All Alone and Out of Control
2. American Challenges and Jewish Challengers
3. Religious Dilemmas of a Treif Land
4. Strategies of New York's Orthodox Activists
5. Crisis and Compromise
6. Brooklyn's Committed Communities
7. A More Faithful Following
8. Comfortable and Courted
9. Orthodox vs. Orthodox
10. Open and Closed to Feminism
Epilogue: The Tentative Orthodox of the Twenty-First Century

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