Contact: The Journal of the Jewish Life Network / Steinhardt Foundation -- The Jewish Lost Generation?

By David Gedzelman, Andrew N. Bachman, Felicia Herman

Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life, Winter 1998

This issue of Contact examines the issue of disengagement from active Jewish life and practice among so many Jews in their twenties and thirties. Rabbi David Gedzelman offers a contemporary strategy and institution for attracting young Jews back to Jewish life. Rabbi Andrew Bachman highlights some of the dangers of a "market" approach to Judaism. Felicia Herman analyzes the inherent and historical ambivalence of the young generation toward its religious traditions and identity and explains how American Jewry might nevertheless attempt to reach it. Rachel Landsberg discusses her relationship to traditional Judaism, and why, despite some personal struggles with it, it is where she has cast her religious lot as a young Jew. Rabbi Hara Person describes her website for Jews in their twenties and thirties, and how the Internet can serve as a gateway for the unaffiliated and disconnected.

Topic: Youth Engagement, Continuity, Media, Generational Issues, Jewish Continuity

Name of Publication: Contact: The Journal of the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life

Editor: Niles E. Goldstein

Volume/Issue: Vol. 1/No 2

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Genre: Other

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Gedzelman, David. Bachman, Andrew N. Herman, Felicia. Contact: The Journal of the Jewish Life Network / Steinhardt Foundation -- The Jewish Lost Generation?. Contact: The Journal of the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life. Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life. Winter 1998: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=2423


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