American Jewry's Comfort Level: Present and Future

By Manfred Gerstenfeld

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), May 2010

The main leadership test facing American Jewry seems to be: who will be able to speak for American Jewry about the multiple challenges the Jewish community will have to face? And as American Jewry is the largest Diaspora community, how will it be able to address the many problems concerning world Jewry in the years to come? A relatively small American community such as the Jewish one, which wants to protect its rights and advance its interests and those of Israel, must seek to build coalitions with other ethnic groups. Given its shrinking percentage within the American population, this will require greater efforts in the future. The battle for the future of a vibrant American Jewry begins with understanding the present better and continues with assessing as best as possible what the future might bring. The need to develop tools to understand faster the changes occurring and their effects is perhaps the greatest challenge the American Jewish community has to confront.

This article is an condensed version of "American Jewry: Present and Future."

Topic: Continuity, Community Relations, Unity, Jewish Continuity, Future

Name of Publication: Changing Jewish Communities

Volume/Issue: No.56

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Gerstenfeld, Manfred. American Jewry's Comfort Level: Present and Future. Changing Jewish Communities. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). May 2010:


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