The Case for Jewish Peoplehood

Author: Erica Brown
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
ISBN: 1580234011
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This clarion call to the Jewish community explores the purpose, possibilities, and limitations of peoplehood as a unifying concept of community for a people struggling profoundly with Jewish identity. It defines what peoplehood is--and is not--and explores both collective and personal Jewish identity and the natue of identity construction.

Jewish Peoplehood

Author: Noam Pianko
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 0813563666
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Winner of the 2017 American Jewish Historical Society’s Saul Viener Book Prize Although fewer American Jews today describe themselves as religious, they overwhelmingly report a strong sense of belonging to the Jewish people. Indeed, Jewish peoplehood has eclipsed religion—as well as ethnicity and nationality—as the essence of what binds Jews around the globe to one another. In Jewish Peoplehood, Noam Pianko highlights the current significance and future relevance of “peoplehood” by tracing the rise, transformation, and return of this novel term. The book tells the surprising story of peoplehood. Though it evokes a sense of timelessness, the term actually emerged in the United States in the 1930s, where it was introduced by American Jewish leaders, most notably Rabbi Stephen Wise and Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, with close ties to the Zionist movement. It engendered a sense of unity that transcended religious differences, cultural practices, geographic distance, economic disparity, and political divides, fostering solidarity with other Jews facing common existential threats, including the Holocaust, and establishing a closer connection to the Jewish homeland. But today, Pianko points out, as globalization erodes the dominance of nationalism in shaping collective identity, Jewish peoplehood risks becoming an outdated paradigm. He explains why popular models of peoplehood fail to address emerging conceptions of ethnicity, nationalism, and race, and he concludes with a much-needed roadmap for a radical reconfiguration of Jewish collectivity in an increasingly global era. Innovative and provocative, Jewish Peoplehood provides fascinating insight into a term that assumes an increasingly important position at the heart of American Jewish and Israeli life. For additional information go to: http://www.noampianko.net

Spiritual Boredom

Author: Erica Brown
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
ISBN: 1580234054
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What happens when our need for constant newness minimizes our interest in prayer, learning and the mysteries of nature? An intriguing look at spiritual boredom and what the absence of inspiration means to the present and future of the Jewish tradition.

Reimagining Leadership in Jewish Organizations

Author: Misha Galperin, Dr.
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
ISBN: 1580234925
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Provides inspiring, action-oriented advice and examples that illustrate how you can help cultivate strong, effective and transformative leadership that will help your organization achieve its goals.

Honey from the Rock

Author: Lawrence Kushner
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
ISBN: 1580230733
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The noted spiritual teacher and author of God Was in This Place and Invisible Lines of Connection offers an incisive introduction to the ten gates of Jewish mysticism that explains how it relates to everyday life. Reprint.

All the World

Author: Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, PhD
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
ISBN: 1580237835
Format: PDF
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Why be Jewish? A fascinating dialogue across denominations of the High Holy Days and their message of Jewish purpose beyond mere survival. Almost forty contributors from three continents—men and women, scholars and poets, rabbis and theologians, representing all Jewish denominations and perspectives—examine the tension between Israel as a particular People called by God, and that very calling as intended for a universalist end, furthering God’s vision for all the world, not just for Jews alone. This balance of views arises naturally out of the prayers in the High Holy Day liturgy, coupled with insights from philosophy, literature, theology and ethics. This fifth volume in the Prayers of Awe series provides the relevant traditional prayers in the original Hebrew, alongside a new and annotated translation. It explores the question “Why be Jewish?” in a time when universalist commitment to our planet and its people has only grown in importance, even as particularist questions of Jewish continuity have become ever more urgent.

Inspired Jewish Leadership

Author: Erica Brown
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
ISBN: 1580233619
Format: PDF
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Drawing on the past and looking to the future, this practical guide provides the tools you need to work through important contemporary leadership issues. It takes a broad look at positions of leadership in the modern Jewish community and the qualities and skills you need in order to succeed in these positions. Real-life anecdotes, interviews, and dialogue stimulate thinking about board development, ethical leadership, conflict resolution, change management, and effective succession planning.

Jews and Diaspora Nationalism

Author: Simon Rabinovitch
Publisher: UPNE
ISBN: 1611683629
Format: PDF, Mobi
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An anthology of Jewish diaspora nationalist thought across the ideological spectrum

Confronting Scandal

Author: Erica Brown
Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
ISBN: 1580234402
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Looks at the emotional response by the Jewish community to reports of Jews commiting crimes or involved in scandals, offering a way to transform the sense of shame into inspirational actions to influence a moral culture.

Reconsidering Israel Diaspora Relations

Author: Eliezer Ben-Rafael
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004277072
Format: PDF
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Jewry today is marked by transnational competing movements and local influences, meanwhile worldwide Judeophobia and sympathy for the Palestinian cause make Israel the "Jew among nations”. This volume asks: how much is the Jewish Commonwealth still pertinent to Jewry?