New Rules of Engagement

By Mordecai Holtz

eJewish Philanthropy, October 26, 2010

Reflecting on a recent interview with Prof. Steven M. Cohen , the author states that in a world where the boundaries between Jews and non-Jews are increasingly blurred and the opportunities for interaction between them have been amplified and bolstered by modern technology, the prevailing notions of the Jewish tradition and culture are being challenged by our youth. With the departing of the familiar by an increasingly intelligent and alarmingly aware youth, a critical change in the theology of Judaism is imminent. This inevitable renaissance and transformation of the religion should be the impetus, for an all embracing, all encompassing cross denominational strategic plan of Jewish peoplehood. As a nation and for the benefit of our future, we must embrace our current economic resources and focus our resources and attention towards the modification of the current perspective towards Jewish identity.

Topic: Youth Engagement, Youth, Young Adults, Jewish Communal Service, Generational Issues, Modernity

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