Reimagining Jewish Community in America

By Arnold Eisen

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Spring 1995

The author argues that for the vast majority of Jews in this country, community is by and large a fiction with little practical consequence. The author frames the issue with the help of two pieces by liberal political philosophers; the first is a summons to community by Robert Paul Wolff, and the second is an article by Michael Walzer. The author articulates that together the two pieces suggest the hard choices American Jews must face if they are to build stronger communities in this country. The author suggests three starting points for the construction of Jewish community- it must be local, it must also be dedicated to a tikkun that is commensurably all-embracing, and the "words" we speak as Jews must conform to the grammar of Jewish life.

Topic: Jewish Content, Community Building

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Levine, Herb

Volume/Issue: Vol.60/No.2

Page Number(s): 5-13.

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Genre: Scholarly Journal

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Eisen, Arnold. Reimagining Jewish Community in America. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Spring 1995: 5-13.. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4371


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