A Response to Trans/Post/Non- Denominational Critiques

By Dan Ehrenkrantz

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC), Spring 2007

This piece explores the contemporary conceptualizations of post-denominational, trans-denominational and non-denominational Judaism in terms of its potentially important function as a call to Jewish unity. The author highlights how denominations are made of institutions and how they should be evaluated on their visions, missions and their successes and failures in bringing visions to life. The author specifically affirms that the institutions of Jewish life will determine to a certain extent what Jewish life will look like today and in the future. The author concludes by outlining some principles which might guide the structure of denominations which includes the idea that organizations and institutions are necessary in order to put ideas and values into practice and that flexibility, adaptability and creativity will be necessary if existing institutions are to serve the Jewish people well among other principles.

Topic: Organizational Development, Reconstructionist Judaism, Unity, Religious Denominations, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol. 71/No. 2

Page Number(s): 16-25

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Ehrenkrantz, Dan. A Response to Trans/Post/Non- Denominational Critiques. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA),Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC). Spring 2007: 16-25. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4935


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