The notion of committed belonging to a particular national or ethnic group is often counter-cultural in today’s society. Instead, we are encouraged to feel and behave as active members of a global society with access to multiple communities, moving physically and figuratively between different homes and identities.
As a result, Jewish Peoplehood can be a challenging concept for young Jews who find themselves struggling for reasons why being an active member of the Jewish People is valuable and relevant to their lives.
In other sections we dealt with many of these challenges. In this section we explore three more: the challenges of individualism, pluralism and multiple identities.
We briefly explain how each concept challenges Jewish Peoplehood, and then offer strategies for teaching about these challenges so that educators can help learners find their own balance between active commitment to the Jewish People and to other values they hold dear.