Category Archives: Place, Space, and the Shaping of American Judaism

Discussion Guide – Place, Space, and the Shaping of American Judaism

June 1, 2007

What impact does the size of a Jewish community have on the nature of Jewish community and does it influence Jewish identity? How is Jewish culture determined by the urban or suburban setting? What are some of the enduring influences of the move of Jews into suburbs?

Campus Leadership: When to Listen and When to Lead?

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June 1, 2007

David A. Harris Imagine you are a Jewish student leader at a prestigious university. You’ve learned that the Palestine Solidarity Movement will hold a national conference aimed at divesting campus resources from Israel — on your campus. You and other students feel strongly that the right thing to do is to continue with the proactive, More »

The Place of Cultural Production

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June 1, 2007

Shaul Kelner: As post-war America blazed a trail to the suburban frontier, the urban ethnographer Herbert Gans trained his sights on this new form of settlement. Did the shift to the suburbs really spell the demise of culture and community? More »

A City’s Sprawl: Blurred Boundaries and Insular Lives

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June 1, 2007

Daniel Sokatch and Josh Kun: In Los Angeles urban and suburban communities have a different set of meanings. So, what does it mean to be Jewish in Los Angeles and what does it mean to be in relationship with the other communities that blend and blur into the Jewish community? More »

Suburbia: Battleground for Jewish Continuity

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June 1, 2007

Alan Silverstein: In 2007, suburbia has emerged as the American Jewish norm for all but certain sectors of the Orthodox community. Suburban Jewry’s communal life revolves around the quest for social networks forged within synagogues, federations, JCC’s and, Jewish day schools. More »