The state of American Jewish unity and pluralism were the key topics discussed during these proceedings of the Rabbinical Assembly. Prof. Steven M. Cohen challenges the implicit assumption that there is severe denominational conflict within American Jewry, and further rejects the view that ideological conflict is generally bad for the Jews. He argues that by engaging Reform and Orthodox counterparts in serious and respectful debates, controversies and dialogues, the Conservative movement will contribute to the vitality of American Judaism. Rabbi Eugene Lipman, President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, argues that there was never pluralism in his view of American Jewish history; he argues instead that there is a strong separation between the religious denominations. Rabbi Wolfe Kelman, Executive Vice-President of the Rabbinical Assembly, advocates that pluralism will benefit the vitality of the Jewish people and the Jewish tradition.