The New Reform Judaism: Challenges and Reflections by Dana Evan KaplanThe New Reform Judaism: Challenges and Reflections by Dana Evan Kaplan

The New Reform Judaism: Challenges and Reflections

byDana Evan KaplanForeword byEric H. YoffieAfterword byRick Jacobs

Hardcover | November 1, 2013

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This is the book that American Jews and particularly American Reform Jews have been waiting for: a clear and informed call for further reform in the Reform movement.

In light of profound demographic, social, and technological developments, it has become increasingly clear that the Reform movement will need to make major changes to meet the needs of a quickly evolving American Jewish population. Younger Americans in particular differ from previous generations in how they relate to organized religion, often preferring to network through virtual groups or gather in informal settings of their own choosing.

Dana Evan Kaplan, an American Reform Jew and pulpit rabbi, argues that rather than focusing on the importance of loyalty to community, Reform Judaism must determine how to engage the individual in a search for existential meaning. It should move us toward a critical scholarly understanding of the Hebrew Bible, that we may emerge with the perspectives required by a postmodern world. Such a Reform Judaism can at once help us understand how the ancient world molded our most cherished religious traditions and guide us in addressing the increasingly complex social problems of our day.

Dana Evan Kaplan is the rabbi of the United Congregation of Israelites in Kingston, Jamaica, and former rabbi of Temple B’nai Israel in Albany, Georgia. He is the author of Contemporary American Judaism: Transformation and Renewal, The Cambridge Companion to American Judaism, and American Reform Judaism: An Introduction. Rabbi Eric H. ...
Title:The New Reform Judaism: Challenges and ReflectionsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.28 × 6.42 × 1.22 inPublished:November 1, 2013Publisher:The Jewish Publication SocietyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0827609345

ISBN - 13:9780827609341


Table of Contents

Foreword by Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie
Introduction: Understanding the New Reform Judaism
Chapter 1. In Search of a Reform Jewish Theology
Chapter 2. A Brief History of the American Reform Movement
Chapter 3. To Observe or Not to Observe?
Chapter 4. A New Reform Revolution in Worship and Practice
Chapter 5. A New Reform Revolution in Values and Ethics
Chapter 6. Who Is a (Reform) Jew?
Chapter 7. On the Boundaries of Reform
Chapter 8. Seeking the Spiritual
Conclusion: The Promise of Reform Judaism
Afterword by Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Timeline of Significant Events

Editorial Reviews

"Rabbi Kaplan's accessible and compelling exploration of the makings, markings, and current state of Reform Judaism provides an informative, comprehensive tour for both those new to the subject and those familiar with it."-Francisca Goldsmith, Booklist
- Francisca Goldsmith - Booklist - 20131115