An Agenda for Action

By Jack Wertheimer

Rabbinical Assembly of America (RA), 1997

In this speech to the 1997 Rabbinical Assembly Convention, Dr. Jack Wertheimer, a professor of history at the Jewish Theological Seminary, affirms that there is growing gap in ideology in the Conservative movement between members of the elite and the practice and belief of the masses. Wertheimer poses the question of whether institutions want to live with the gap or attempt to narrow it. He asserts that given the history of the Conservative movement, a resolution may not be likely. However, Wertheimer concludes by suggesting that in the face of these growing differences, members of the movement must present Judaism as an alternative system by accenting where Judaism differs in the face of modern values that erode certain aspects of Jewish life.

Topic: Ritual, Masorti Judaism, Conservative Judaism, Religious Denominations, Values

Name of Publication: Proceedings of the Rabbinical Assembly

Editor: Jacob Blumenthal

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Genre: Speech

Coverage: United States

Identifier: 0079-937-8

Language: English

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Wertheimer, Jack. An Agenda for Action. Proceedings of the Rabbinical Assembly. Rabbinical Assembly of America (RA). 1997:


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