Michal Lemberger Jubana! The Awkwardly True and dazzling Adventures of a Jewish Cuban Princess , Gigi Anders. Rayo, 2005, 298 pp., $23.95 Schlepping Through the Alps: My Search for Austria’s Jewish Past with its Last Wandering Shepherd , Sam Apple. Ballantine Books, 2005, 304 pp., $23.95 Beware of God: Stories , Shalom Auslander. Simon &
Leonard Gordon “You shall surely rebuke your neighbor.” (Leviticus 19:17) The biblical text and the rabbinic commenting tradition are clear: we are responsible for one another, and part of that responsibility demands that we confront a friend who endangers her own health and welfare. This requirement is complicated and difficult: we value privacy, and it
The increasingly common innovations of young Jews in the U.S. have highlighted the degree to which the integration of their American-ness and Jewish-ness is at the core of their Jewish expression.
Stephen Hazan Arnoff
What would happen if the Jewish communities of the world placed dynamic, talented, highly trained, full-time artists at their cultural center?
What would the Jewish world look like if synagogue missions were based not on movement doctrine but on the philosophical, religious, and cultural ideals of that specific community?
So many of our monuments address that we have survived but not why we have survived. Since the calamity of the Holocaust, we have focused so single-mindedly on Jewish survival that we have failed to collectively define exactly what surviving requires of us.
In this new century, the voices that speak truthfully and honestly about a pervasive loss of spiritual orientation, and about the possibilities for recovering it as Jews, will be listened to carefully.
With so many talented young Jews publishing, deal making, and doctoring, why aren’t they plotting our future course?
1. How might our communities continue to acknowledge destruction and danger but refocus primary resources on celebrating Jewish endurance and vitality?
2. What is the impact of a changing Jewish demography? Can we reimagine Jewish identity as a culturally dispersed and vibrant interconnection with multiple homes?
3. Should Jewish communal groups focus on Jewish continuity projects or put forward programs that stress service, the arts, and other avenues that empower next-gen Jews to lead fully integrated lives?