The central question facing the American Jewish community today is whether Judaism can still survive in this atmosphere of unprecedented social and religious freedom. Behind the clamorous debate over "continuity" lurks the agonizing fear that perhaps the European Zionists were right all along; maybe America is not so different in the end. If so, however, Jewish life will not succeed anywhere outside of Israel. And that suggests the unthinkable: that Judaism cannot hold its own within a competitive, pluralistic religious environment.
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Sarna, Jonathan D. Dreaming the Future of the American Jewish Community. At The Crossroads: Shaping Our Jewish Future. Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston (CJP),Susan and David Wilstein Institute of Jewish Policy Studies (University of Judaism). 1995: