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Author LinkKaplan, Dana Evan.
Title LinkContemporary American Judaism : transformation and renewal / Dana Evan Kaplan.
Imprint New York : Columbia University Press, c2009.
Description xxxiv, 446 p. :  ill. ;  24 cm.
Type of Material Book
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Contents: A historical overview from 1945 -- The reengagement with spirituality -- The rise and fall of American Jewish denominations -- Facing the collapse of the intermarriage stigma -- Inclusivity as a social value -- Radical responses to the suburban experience -- The popularization of Jewish mystical outreach -- Herculean efforts at synagogue renewal -- Conclusion: the future of Judaism in America -- Afterword / Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.
Summary No longer controlled by a handful of institutional leaders based in remote headquarters and rabbinical seminaries, American Judaism is being transformed by the individual spiritual decisions of tens of thousands of Jews living in all corners of the United States. A pulpit rabbi and American Jew, Kaplan follows this religious individualism from its postwar suburban roots to the hippie revolution of the 1960s and the multiple postmodern identities of today. From Hebrew tattooing to Jewish Buddhist meditation, his book describes the remaking of historical tradition in ways that channel multiple ethnic and national identities.
Subject LinkJudaism -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
LinkJudaism -- 21st century.
LinkSpiritual life -- Judaism.
LinkJews -- United States -- Identity.
LinkJews -- United States -- Social conditions.

System Number 000663177
ISBN Link9780231137287 (cloth : alk. paper)
Link0231137281 (cloth : alk. paper)
Link9780231510417 (ebook)
Link0231510411 (ebook)

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