Jewish Scholarship and American Jewish Continuity

By Jonathan D. Sarna

National Foundation for Jewish Culture, 1993

In a symposium on "Jewish Culture: Advancing the Cause of Jewish Continuity," sponsored by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, Sarna briefly describes the historical development of Jewish culture in the United States. He stresses that the American Jewish community today stands once again at a crossroads: Once again we need to search for new and creative solutions to the great challenges that Israel, the Holocaust, intermarriage, feminism and a wide range of other contemporary movements and social phenomena pose to American Jewish continuity. There is no shortage of organizations, old and new, that seek to meet these challenges, and that is unquestionably a good thing. But as was true a century ago, and 19 centuries ago, so now we need to remember that scholars too have a critical role to play in forging solutions to these great contemporary challenges. And here the role of the National Foundation for Jewish Culture will, he believes, prove highly significant.

Topic: History, Continuity, Culture, Jewish Continuity, Future

Name of Publication: Toward An American Jewish Culture: New Perspectives on Jewish Continuity

Page Number(s): 4-5

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Sarna, Jonathan D. Jewish Scholarship and American Jewish Continuity. Toward An American Jewish Culture: New Perspectives on Jewish Continuity. National Foundation for Jewish Culture. 1993: 4-5. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=12083


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