Reform is a Verb

By Bernard Reisman, Leonard Fein, Jack Dauber, Robert Chin, Herzl Spiro

Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC), August 1971

This report concentrates its efforts on the future, rather than the past, of Reform Judaism. Commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, it was inappropriate for a religious movement which has traditionally viewed itself as innovative, to be content with recalling past success, and hardly justified the diversion of energy and resources an exclusively commemorative tone would demand. The focus shifted to the Reform temple, to its capacity to survive, and, hopefully, to thrive, in a necessarily uncertain future. In the end, it was not the future which Reform temples would be required to serve, but their members. And little, it was felt, was known regarding the actual hopes and fears, the beliefs, the concerns, the aspirations of Reform Jews as Jews. What follows is a report of these two endeavors. Part I is a report of the survey and its findings; Part II is a detailed description of the techniques which were devised. Part III provides a summary reflection on the total findings.

Topic: Reform Judaism, Diaspora Relations, Intermarriage, Israel-Diaspora Relations, Jewish Identification, Generational Issues, Pluralism, Religious Denominations, Assimilation

Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Reisman, Bernard. Fein, Leonard. Dauber, Jack. Chin, Robert. Spiro, Herzl. Reform is a Verb. Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC). August 1971:


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