Jewish Peoplehood in the Age of Pluralism: The Challenge of Measuring Success

Taylor considers challenges in measuring success of educational initiatives in the context of Peoplehood education in pluralistic settings. ” When evaluating success, it is especially important to be mindful of the wide range of starting points learners might have and the wide range of changes they might undergo as a result of a particular program.”…

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A Less Spoken About Angle: The Threat Israel Presents to Jewish Peoplehood

As head of an organization for religious freedom and equality in Israel, Regev focuses on the threat to a sense of Peoplehood brought on by the lack of religious pluralism in Israel. He points to the conflict between Israel’s unifying role for world Jewry and its current laws that discriminate against “the overwhelming majority of…

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The Pluralism of Pluralism in Israel:

Kelman gives a short history of the struggle surrounding Israeli religious pluralism since the mid-1980s, when the Israel Religious Action Center was founded to promote liberal Judaism in Israel and create a more level playing field for non-Orthodox Judaism. She concludes that, “pluralism has the potential to strengthen peoplehood. That is the challenge facing us.…

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Toward a Pluralism of Substance

Kaunfer calls for a pluralism of substance as a means strengthening Peoplehood. “In this model, the key to peoplehood isn’t pluralism per se, it is education. Only through education will Jews develop a deeper attachment to their Judaism.” The goal is not creating individuals with the same values; it may actually lead to large differences…

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Sowing Diversity in Fields of Jewish Peoplehood

Gross write about her work as director of a community outreach program with participants who represent a diversity of backgrounds, opinions and ideas about how to participate Jewishly. “Our gatherings welcome this diversity and demand an openness to hear others and learn from differences in order to better understand our own beliefs and commitments.” She…

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New Directions in Jewish Leadership: Pluralism

Gale, co-director of the Diller Teen Fellows asks, What will be the future of the Jewish People? Having worked so hard to create communities that support different ways of Jewish life, Jewish leaders are reluctant to engage in dialogue. “The ability to engage in dialogue and respond to each other sympathetically and empathetically is critical…

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Pluralism and Peoplehood

Edelsberg, Executive Director of the Jim Joseph Foundation, discusses the role of pluralism in its attempts to foster compelling, effective Jewish learning experiences for young Jews in the United States. He sees the concept of peoplehood as nebulous; no single, commonly accepted definition has gained currency. The Jewish people are still populated by homogeneous sects…

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Peoplehood as Process

Through interviews and participant observation of young adult Americans Jews, Cousens understands the nuances of the concept of Jewish community (ies) for this group. Through her work, she comes to see Peoplehood as an ongoing dialogue , “even a tense dialogue – with Israel, the Jewish people, and the Jewish narrative. This is the essence…

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The Challenges of Building Pluralistic Jewish Peoplehood: Towards a Different Kind of Pluralism

Barber suggest that in most Jewish conversations about pluralism, the word is used to convey the thought that all Jewish narratives are true Jewish narratives and that none holds more weight than any other. However, she suggests that the community needs instead to understand pluralism as the need to learn about the multiplicity of Jewish…

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Jewish Peoplehood and the Biblical Landscape

Using the language of rock music, Arnoff suggests that in order to help the individual view Jewish communities as compelling enough to join, the Jewish educator must move beyond the personal and facilitate “a community comprised of individuals with rich, meaningful experience.” He notes that, “navigating peoplehood requires a multidimensional, pluralistic map to the biblical…

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Peoplehood Papers 10: Peoplehood in the Age of Pluralism – How Do We Embrace Pluralism While Keeping Us Whole?

This (10th) volume of the Peoplehood Papers sets out “to explore the potential for developing some kind of synthesis between Jewish Peoplehood and Pluralism.” Today, Jews differ on core Jewish issues, and thus, sustaining a sense of commonality is increasingly complex. The articles in this issue are written by practitioners who were asked to offer…

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