Best Practices of Organizations that build Jewish Peoplehood: A Policy-Oriented Analysis of a Field in Formation

By Ezra Kopelowitz, Shlomi Ravid

Jewish Peoplehood HUB, May 3, 2010

Given the reality of the open society, why should a Jew today, choose to be a part of the Jewish People? Jewish organizations are rising to the challenge that this question poses. In the past thirty years transformative changes have occurred within veteran Jewish organizations and new forms of organized Jewish life are appearing. The common denominator is an attempt to create compelling forms of Jewish community, or “meaningful Jewish engagement” which provide the gateway into active membership in the Jewish People for a new generation, for whom Jewish belonging is not an obvious part of life. Not accidentally, many of these organizations are using the concept of “Jewish Peoplehood” to describe the rationale for their work; and as such, the Peoplehood concept serves as a looking glass through which to understand the broader phenomenon.

This research report focuses on the “Peoplehood transformation” in three sectors: education, community and religion; and, explores universal cross-cutting issues. The goal is two-fold: 1) to describe effective Peoplehood practices through an analysis of educational, community building and religious work by Jewish organizations; and, 2) to offer a first step towards criteria for determining what differentiates a successful Peoplehood organization from others.

Topic: Peoplehood, Residential Patterns, Jewish Identification, Engagement, Generational Issues, Belonging, Meaning, Jewish Organizations

Funder: Avi Chai Foundation , Nadav Fund , UJA-Federation of New York

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States , World

Language: English

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Kopelowitz, Ezra. Ravid, Shlomi. Best Practices of Organizations that build Jewish Peoplehood: A Policy-Oriented Analysis of a Field in Formation. Jewish Peoplehood HUB. 3 May 2010:


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