The 21st-century North American Jewish community is experiencing perhaps unprecedented personal and group freedom and economic and political success, the authors explain, and it has further developed a sophisticated system to provide for the full range of communal need. In many ways, there has been an explosion in the varieties of Jewish expression. Simultaneously, the authors note, the community confronts significant challenges related to assimilation, engagement of the next generation, demographic shifts, philanthropic trends and external threats from cyclical anti-Semitism and terrorism. The authors explore how the community navigates between tremendous opportunity and serious challenges.
Kleinman, Max L. Terrill, Marc B. Cousens, Beth. Levine, Eric. Confronting the Tensions: Jewish Community Building in the 21st Century. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Spring 2008: