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

March 4, 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 entry is the fourth audio installment and features presentations by Rabbi Saul Berman, professor of Jewish studies, Yeshiva University, and founder of Edah; Dr. Riv-Ellen Prell, professor of American studies, University of Minnesota; and Josef Stern, presenting remarks prepared by Rabbi Dr. David Ellenson, president and Grancell Professor of Jewish religious thought, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

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.