The Future of Reform Jewry: An interview with Rabbi David Ellenson

By David Ellenson, Manfred Gerstenfeld

American Jewish Committee (AJC), Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), 2010

The author interviews Rabbi Professor David Ellenson, President of Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, about the future of the Reform movement. Rabbi Ellenson contends that the role of Reform Judaism is to serve the broad swath of Jews whose life is not halachic (bound by traditional Jewish law). But he also argues that a Judaism devoid of substance will be unable to transmit itself over the generations, and that this explains why Reform is becoming more traditional. Other topics discussed include intermarriage, assimilation, patrilineal descent, day schools, attachment to Israel, and the nature of leadership within changing sociological realities.

Topic: Halakha, Reform Judaism, Continuity, Jewish Law, Culture, Jewish Continuity, Future

Name of Publication: American Jewry's Comfort Level: Present and Future

Editor: Bayme, Steven , Gerstenfeld, Manfred

Page Number(s): 219-227

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Genre: Interview

Coverage: United States

Identifier: ISBN: 978-965-218-086-5

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) and Manfred Gerstenfeld

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Bibliographic Information:
Ellenson, David. Gerstenfeld, Manfred. The Future of Reform Jewry: An interview with Rabbi David Ellenson. American Jewry's Comfort Level: Present and Future. American Jewish Committee (AJC),Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). 2010: 219-227. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8262


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