Response to Hayim Herring's Network Judaism

By Jonathan S. Woocher

Susan and David Wilstein Institute of Jewish Policy Studies (University of Judaism), 2001

Rabbi Hayim Herring's paper, Judaism: A New Image for Understanding the Network Organization of American Jews, reminds us once again that ideas and images, also have consequences. How we think about American Jewry, and even more, how we imagine it in our mind's eye, even sub-consciously, has a powerful impact on the policy choices we make and do not make. Rabbi Herring has done us all a great service in pointing out how one powerful image, that of American Jewry as a series of concentric circles marked by decreasing levels of Jewish commitment, all arrayed around an ostensibly magnetic core, has influenced, and perhaps skewed, much recent discussion about the Jewish future and policies that seek to ensure and enrich it. He has also opened up a new stage in that discussion by proposing an alternative image, that of organized Jewish life as a network, without any single center, that generates new possibilities both conceptually and practically in guiding Jewish policy making.

Topic: Management and Administration, Networking, Leadership, Jewish Organizations, Community Building, Communal Organization

Name of Publication: Jewish Networking: Linking People, Institutions, Community

Editor: Heller, Zachary I.

Page Number(s): 77-81

Funder: Combined Jewish Philanthropies , of Greater Boston , The Minneapolis Jewish Federation

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Genre: Book Chapter

Identifier: ISBN 1-893380-01-7

Language: English

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Woocher, Jonathan S. Response to Hayim Herring's Network Judaism. Jewish Networking: Linking People, Institutions, Community. Susan and David Wilstein Institute of Jewish Policy Studies (University of Judaism). 2001: 77-81.


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