The Second American Revolution

By Steven Windmueller

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Summer 2007

Just as market globalization and the technology and communications revolutions are reshaping the world's economies, a fundamental restructuring of the American Jewish community is now underway, the author contends. Fueled by the contributions of mega-donors and shaped by a new generation of Jewish activists, the Jewish community, beginning in the mid-1980s, has experienced its most significant growth since American Jewry's first revolution (1880-1920). At its core, the author explains, is philanthropy, joined by three other core factors that have shaped this revolution: a new generation of Jews; alternative ideas and models of organizing (the emergent revolution, as referenced below with its focus on building sustaining communities, social justice and service, and spiritual inquiry); and the rise of the concept of the sovereign self.

Topic: Philanthropy and Fundraising, Development, Culture, Generational Issues, Fundraising and Philanthropy, Jewish Organizations

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Cohen, Genie

Volume/Issue: vol.82/no.3

Page Number(s): 252-260

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Windmueller, Steven. The Second American Revolution. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Summer 2007: 252-260.


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