The State of American Jewish Belief Revisited: At the Edge of a Crisis or at a New Threshold? Part III

April 12, 2012

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Recent studies point to declining synagogue membership and denominational identification as signs of a crisis in American Judaism. This symposium focuses attention on theological dimensions of the perceived crisis. Six leading thinkers come together to share their unique vantage points on a series of questions: Is American Judaism theologically bankrupt or is it at the cusp of a radically new beginning? How should we diagnose this perceived crisis and what proposals might counter it? How can American Judaism build on traditional Jewish thought to address today’s challenges?

This symposium is divided into five parts.

This third piece of audio includes responses to earlier presentations from Part II and a panel discussion led by Michael Fishbane, Nathan Cummings Professor of Jewish Studies in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago.

For other presentations and discussions, click on the links below:

Part I: Welcoming Remarks
Part II: Presentations
Part III: Response and Panel Discussion
Part IV: Presentations
Part V: Response and Panel Discussion


Recorded Sunday, March 4, 2012 at the Spertus Institute.