By Daniel J. Elazar
This revised and up-to-date version of neighborhood and Polity examines the alterations occurring in local people federations and within the national federation stream, the decline of the mass-based corporations, the shift within the types and association of Jewish schooling, the adjustments occurring within the synagogue activities, and the issues of Jewish cohesion generated through intermovement festival.
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The American Jewish community not only is the largest diaspora community but also has become the contemporary paradigm for Jewish communal organization by voluntary association and “religious” identification, a pattern that has spread to virtually every part of the world since World War II. An inquiry into the American Jewish experience, then, offers an important starting point for the study of contemporary diaspora Jewry Viewed from the perspective of Jewish history and the Jewish people as a whole, some central questions about American Jewish life present themselves at the very outset of our inquiry.
As a consensus document, it has continued to reflect the strong liberal majority in its organized form in the community’s strong commitment to Israel. All this is manifested in the strong Jewish identification with the Democratic party, as voters, activists, and contributors. ) It is also manifested in the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which has grown from a small Zionist lobby founded in the 1950s by the American Zionist Council (AZC) as the American Zionist Council on Public Affairs, to a major Washington insider.
What have they lost? What is happening to the American Jewish community? 3. What patterns and techniques have American Jews developed to maintain Jewish life under American conditions? To what extent are they unique? To what extent do they provide for the continuity of traditional principles of Jewish community organization? AMERICAN JEWISH UNIQUENESS To answer these questions one must begin by recognizing the uniqueness of the American Jewish community in the annals of Jewish history. This singularity is often proclaimed but rarely explained.
Community and Polity: The Organizational Dynamics of American Jewry (Jewish Communal and Public Affairs) by Daniel J. Elazar