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by Dana Evan Kaplan

  • ISBN: 0813532183
  • Category: Religious books
  • Author: Dana Evan Kaplan
  • Subcategory: Judaism
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press (April 29, 2003)
  • Pages: 320 pages
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  • Rating: 4.7
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Dana Evan Kaplan (born October 29, 1960) is a Reform rabbi known for his writings on Reform Judaism and American Judaism.

Dana Evan Kaplan (born October 29, 1960) is a Reform rabbi known for his writings on Reform Judaism and American Judaism. He has advocated for a theologically coherent approach to Reform Judaism rather than encouraging a pluralistic approach to belief without limits. Kaplan was born in Manhattan and grew up in New York until the age of fourteen when he moved to Waterbury, Connecticut. He studied at Ramaz School, Friends Seminary, and Chase Collegiate School.

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Dana Evan Kaplan (born October 29, 1960) is a Reform rabbi known for his writings on Reform Judaism and . Kaplan first became known following the 2003 publication of his book American Reform Judaism: An Introduction. He has also written on other subjects, including American Jewish history and Jews in various diaspora communities.

The only comprehensive and up-to-date look at Reform Judaism, this book analyzes the forces currently challenging the Reform movement, now the largest Jewish denomination in the United States. To distinguish itself from Orthodox and Conservative Judaism, the Reform movement tries to be an egalitarian, open, and innovative version of the faith true to the spirit of the tradition but nonetheless fully compatible with modern secular life.

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Home Browse Books Book details, American Reform Judaism: An Introduction. American Reform Judaism: An Introduction. Taking this question as his point of departure, Dana Evan Kaplan provides a broad overview of the American Reform movement and its history, theology, and politics. He then takes a hard look at the challenges the movement faces as it attempts to reinvent itself in the new millennium. In so doing, Kaplan gives the reader a sense of where Reform Judaism has come from, where it stands on the major issues, and where it may be going.

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Rutgers University Press, 2003. Rabbi Kaplan, professor of Judaic and religious studies at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, provides a general introduction to Reform Judaism in the United States

Rutgers University Press, 2003. Rabbi Kaplan, professor of Judaic and religious studies at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, provides a general introduction to Reform Judaism in the United States. Beginning with its origins in 19th century Europe and its evolution in America, he outlines basic beliefs and practices, examines theology, liturgy, and halacha and looks at the social and religious forces that impact the movement. Kaplan feels that the liberal theology of the movement makes it difficult to create a durable community.

Taking this question as his point of departure, Dana Evan Kaplan provides a broad overview of the American Reform movement and its history, theology, and politics.

Published by: Rutgers University Press. The only comprehensive and up-to-date look at Reform Judaism, this book analyzes the forces currently challenging the Reform movement, now the largest Jewish denomination in the United States. To distinguish itself from Orthodox and Conservative Judaism, the Reform movement tries to be an egalitarian, open, and innovative version of the faith true to the spirit of the tradition but nonetheless fully.

Foreward; Introduction: Conflicting Visions on the Reform Movement in the United States Today - D. Kaplan; Section 1: Where We Are Today: A Religious and Social Profile of Reform Judaism in the United States; When a Community is not a Community - Lewis A. Freidland; Reform Judaism in the Spiritual Marketplace - Richard Cimino; Why People in the Sunbelt join a Synagogue: Jewish Religious preferences in.

The only comprehensive and up-to-date look at Reform Judaism, this book analyzes the forces currently challenging the Reform movement, now the largest Jewish denomination in the United States.To distinguish itself from Orthodox and Conservative Judaism, the Reform movement tries to be an egalitarian, open, and innovative version of the faith true to the spirit of the tradition but nonetheless fully compatible with modern secular life. Promoting itself in this way, Reform Judaism has been tremendously successful in recruiting a variety of people—intermarried families, feminists, gays and lesbians, and interracial families among others—who resist more traditional forms of worship.As an unintended result of this success, the movement now struggles with an identity crisis brought on by its liberal theology, which teaches that each Jew is free to practice Judaism more or less as he or she pleases. In the absence of the authority that comes from a theology based on a commanding, all-powerful God, can Reform Judaism continue to thrive? Can it be broadly inclusive and still be uniquely and authentically Jewish?Taking this question as his point of departure, Dana Evan Kaplan provides a broad overview of the American Reform movement and its history, theology, and politics.  He then takes a hard look at the challenges the movement faces as it attempts to reinvent itself in the new millennium.  In so doing, Kaplan gives the reader a sense of where Reform Judaism has come from, where it stands on the major issues, and where it may be going.Addressing the issues that have confronted the movement—including the ordination of women, acceptance of homosexuality, the problem of assimilation, the question of rabbinic officiation at intermarriages, the struggle for acceptance in Israel, and Jewish education and others—Kaplan sheds light on the connection between Reform ideology and cultural realities. He unflinchingly, yet optimistically, assesses the movement’s future and cautions that stormy weather may be ahead. 


Reviews about American Reform Judaism: An Introduction (7):
Drelalen
An informative introduction to the American Reform Movement in Judaism. I really enjoyed reading about the history of Reform in America and how they have come back to performing more rituals while still maintaining a firm social justice stance.
JoJoshura
This is another thorough and passionate volume by Rabbi Dana Kaplan. Read this and understand the challenges--and promises--of Judaism this century.
Samut
described in the editorial reviews, which means it is a pretty good read for someone who is not very knowledgeable but is probably less useful for readers more familiar with Reform.
One thing that I liked: Kaplan's willingness to note that some of the Reform movement's current problems are identical to those that Reform rabbis were complaining about as early as the 1880s; evidently, there is something about liberal religion that leads to a large but apathetic membership.
One thing that I wish Kaplan had put in: more primary source material - perhaps in the form of an appendix with the text of the Reform platforms, etc. that Kaplan writes about.
Nahelm
I knew Rabbi Kaplan while we were teenage co-counselors at Camp Laurelwood in North Madison, CT many years ago. He was coming to grips with his Judaism at that point, reading books like "The Source," and I enjoyed debates/discussions on a range of topics related to religon and Judaica. Honestly, I initially read the book to be polite, but ended up enjoying it far more than most books I choose on my own. Dana's book is written in an easy-to-read style, with lots of interesting stories. It focuses on how the Reform movement shifted over the past 20 years or so to try to become more dynamic. Part of the analysis is based on the sociological works of Rodney Stark, a researcher from the University of Washington who specializes in the sociology of religion. Stark has argued that religious groups that are too flexible do not do well. You have to have a fairly high contrast with the general society in order to attract people to your religious group. In the book, Rabbi Kaplan suggests that there is something to the argument that the Reform movement should become a bit stricter. Not too strict, but a little bit stricter. In order to do that, we need a more coherent theology. Not everyone agrees with him -- Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the presidentt of the Union for Reform Judaism, argues in the afterword that it's more important to get people doing Jewish things and the theology will come later.

The book covers all of the hot button issues of the last 15 years -- women's rights, gay marriage, intermarriage, the fight over the 1999 Pittsburgh platform, and so forth.

It is not a how-to manual. It focuses on what Reform Judaism believes in and how the movement has gone about implementing its beliefs. It does not go point by point and say Reform Jews do this, Reform Jews do not do that, etc.

It has gotten a fair amount of attention in scholarly and Jewish worlds. I understand that a few years ago, Judaism journal ran a whole symposium on the book. They had an Orthodox, Conservative, a Reform, a humanist, a Jewish renewal, and so forth each talk about the book. It was a very interesting symposium, which you can download on Rabbi Kaplan's webpage.

The book had special meaning for me in another way. As I sense is the case with many reformed Jews, I am at a transition of sorts on my religion. Do I believe in G-d? Is Judaism dissipating into nothingness due to assimilation into the greater society? Is it better to be more flexible/open or less? Dana's book moved my thinking along.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the book, happy I took "the road less traveled" in reading it.
MEGA FREEDY
Rabbi, professor and multi-published author Dana Evan Kaplan has taken on the feat of describing the myriad of facets that shape Reform Judaism in America, including its relatively short history, distinct and indistinct theology, worship evolution, Israeli endeavors, educational philosophies, mixed marriage outlooks, efforts to facilitate women's equality, acceptance of gays and lesbians, and future directions and issues. This well-crafted fabric of points is sewn together with the thread that Reform Judaism in America is inherently in a constant state of flux. What is more, he does all this in little more than 250 pages. Dana Kaplan's American Reform Judaism is very thought-provoking and, therefore, well worth reading.
Buridora
This book provides a readable and comprehensive overview of Reform Judaism's origins, development, and challenges. The Reform movement has changed a lot in the past few decades. For someone trying to understand those changes, this is an outstanding place to start.
Went Tyu
Informative and educational. the book covers the subject of Reform Judaism in America in richness of detail. a very relevant reading for anyone interested in learning about the accomplishments of the Jewish Civilization implanted in its most fertile soil ever.
Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn
Kansas City, MO
Rabbi Kaplan has written a very interesting, thoughtful sociological overview of post-World War II American Judaism.

He has interwoven an analysis of well-known historical figures with Jews of the specific time periods, creating a very realistic and thought-provoking account of American Judaism.

I would highly reccommend this book!

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