Building on Jewish Identity: A Marathon, Not a Sprint

By Deborah Joselow

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Winter 2010

Ten years ago, Jewish identity was being powerfully described as a salad bar. Thanks to an important study by Bethamie Horowitz ("

Connections and Journeys

," published in 2000 and revised in 2003), funded with a grant from the Continuity Commission of UJA-Federation of New York, the conversation about Jewish education grew in size, scope, and intensity. Since then many other theories have been presented using metaphors of circles and silos, frothy caffeinated beverages, and windows on the computer screen. Metaphors aside, this rich assortment of quantitative and qualitative analysis continues to inform and challenge. Yet, in a real and substantial way, the tides turned forever when UJA-Federation of New York gave contemporary Jewish identity a leafy frame.

Topic: Jewish Federations, Jewish Identification, Allocations

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron Chalew, Gail

Volume/Issue: Vol.85/No.1

Page Number(s): 31-32

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Genre: Article

Coverage: New York, New York , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Joselow, Deborah. Building on Jewish Identity: A Marathon, Not a Sprint. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Winter 2010: 31-32. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8094


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