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The New Jewish Leaders

Reshaping the American Jewish Landscape

By the end of the twentieth century, a new generation of leaders had begun to assume positions of influence within established organizations. They quickly launched a slew of new initiatives directed at their age peers. Born during the last quarter of the twentieth century, these leaders came of age in a very different America and a different Jewish world than earlier generations. Not surprisingly, their worldview and understanding of Jewish issues set them apart from their elders, as does their approach to organizing. Based upon extensive interviews and survey research, as well as an examination of the websites frequented by younger Jews and personal observation of their programs, The New Jewish Leaders presents a pioneering account of the renewal of American Jewish community. This book describes how younger Jews organize, relate to collective Jewish efforts, and think about current Jewish issues. It also offers a glimpse of how they re-envision American Jewish communal arrangements. What emerges is a fascinating exploration of Jewish community in America today—and tomorrow.

376 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4

Jewish Studies

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Table of Contents

Preface • Contributors • Mapping the Scene: How Younger Jewish Adults Engage with Jewish Community – Jack Wertheimer • From Jewish People to Jewish Purpose: Establishment Leaders and Their Nonestablishment Successors – Steven M. Cohen • Expressive, Progressive, and Protective: Three Impulses for Nonestablishment Organizing among Young Jews Today – Steven M. Cohen • Young Jewish Leaders in Los Angeles: Strengthening the Jewish People in Conventional and Unconventional Ways – Sarah Bunin Benor • Reimagining Jewishness: Younger American Jewish Leaders, Entrepreneurs, and Artists in Cultural Context – Sylvia Barack Fishman, with Rachel S. Bernstein and Emily Sigalow • The Reality of the Virtual: Looking for Jewish Leadership Online – Ari Y. Kelman • In Its Own Image: Independent Philanthropy and the Cultivation of Young Jewish Leadership – Shaul Kelner • Conclusion – Jack Wertheimer • Acknowledgments • Appendix: The Research Design • Index

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