The Future of Conservative Jewry: An interview with Arnold M. Eisen

By Manfred Gerstenfeld, Arnold M. Eisen

American Jewish Committee (AJC), Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), 2010

Conservative Jewry faces three major challenges. These concern its message, its quality control, and its structure: 1. The definition of the message has become a priority in part because of the blurring of the boundaries with other movements. 2. Quality control is a prime issue because Conservative Judaism depends on "franchises." It relies on local organizations - synagogues, camps, day and congregational schools, youth groups, men's clubs, and sisterhoods - to provide a quality product. 3. Conservative Judaism has structural problems because it only has a loose umbrella body, the Leadership Council of Conservative Judaism. Up to twenty different organizations are represented there and in such a framework it is hard to function in a unified manner. A major restructuring of the movement is underway.

Topic: Organizational Development, Masorti Judaism, Conservative Judaism, Prayer Communities, Leadership, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: American Jewry's Comfort Level: Present and Future

Editor: Bayme, Steven , Gerstenfeld, Manfred

Page Number(s): 228-236

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Genre: Interview

Coverage: United States

Identifier: ISBN: 978-965-218-086-5

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) and Manfred Gerstenfeld

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Gerstenfeld, Manfred. Eisen, Arnold M. The Future of Conservative Jewry: An interview with Arnold M. Eisen. American Jewry's Comfort Level: Present and Future. American Jewish Committee (AJC),Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). 2010: 228-236. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8263


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