Conceptualizing Reform Judaism in an age of Religious Pluralism

By Jessica Greenbaum

Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ), 2004

This paper explores how the rabbi and teachers of the "Welcome to Judaism" class dealt with the threat of intermarriage and symbolic religiosity by responding to the needs and desires of the potential converts. The lessons taught by the rabbi and the teachers not only shaped the conversion experience, they also defined what it means to be a Reform Jew. The paper is part of a larger qualitative study on identity construction and conversion to Reform Judaism; it is based on 20 observations of a "Welcome to Judaism" class at a Reform synagogue in central New York.

Topic: Reform Judaism, Identity Formation, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: Contemporary Jewry

Volume/Issue: 24

Page Number(s): 82-103

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Genre: Report

Coverage: New York , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Greenbaum, Jessica. Conceptualizing Reform Judaism in an age of Religious Pluralism. Contemporary Jewry. Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ). 2004: 82-103. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=121


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