A Statement on the Jewish Future: Texts and Responses

A Statement on the Jewish Future: Texts and Responses

Contributors: Steven Bayme, Steven M. Cohen, Stephen Fuchs, Michael A. Meyer, Deborah Dash Moore, Bernard Reisman, John Ruskay, Jeffrey K. Salkin, Jonathan D. Sarna, Alan Silverstein, Jack Wertheimer, Jonathon Woocher, Eric H. Yoffe

This collection of essays responds to a statement on the Jewish future that addresses American Jewish continuity and “call[s] upon American Jews to declare the following five values fundamental to any program of Jewish continuity in North America:” Torah, Am Yisrael (Jewish peoplehood), Klal Yisrael (the community of Israel), Brith (covenant), and Keruv (outreach). Seven essays support the statement and six remain critical of it. The essayists who are critical of the statement primarily object to its positions on outreach and covenant.

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