Category Archives: Fragile Diaspora Communities

Death: The Deepest Challenge

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November 1, 2003

Reviewed by Rabbi Julian Sinclair Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, Out of the Whirlwind: Essays on Mourning, Suffering and the Human Condition, Ed. David Schatz, Joel B. Wolowelsky, and Rueven Ziegler (New Jersey: KTAV 2003): 243 pp., $24.50 Rachel S. Hallote, Ivan R. Dee, Death, Burial and Afterlife in the Biblical World, Ed. David Hazony(Chicago: Ivan More »

Heed the Words: Next Year in Jerusalem

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November 1, 2003

Shimon Felix
Some communities have become museums, expending tremendous amounts of money and energy maintaining a community that has lost its reason to be. More »

A Phoenix Over Germany

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November 1, 2003

Wladimir Struminski
In the coming years, some 10,000 people per year are expected to make Germany their new home under the Jewish refugee program. The influx has dramatically strengthened Jewish life in Germany. More »

Discussion Guide – Fragile Diaspora Communities

November 1, 2003

1. Are Jewish organizations, synagogues, schools, federations, marketing Judaism or are they marketing their individual missions, programs, appeals?
2. How will marketing effectiveness be measured?
3. In a society so embedded in popular culture, how do we appeal to unaffiliated, especially young, Jews without subverting our message in a cultural malaise?
4. If Jews are commanded to be “A Light to the Nations,” should we engage in proselytizing? How do we interpret this verse? More »