The "X" Files: Questioning the Culture of Crisis

By Jennifer Krause

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, 2000

Rabbi Jennifer Krause discusses her generation, "Generation X," and explains that while the Jewish community recognizes it as an important population to address, it does so far all the wrong reasons. She argues that the Jewish community views her generation as living beyond the pale of "normative" Jewish life and sees them as an apathetic, disinterested group that needs to be transformed, salvaged, awakened and saved. The author contends that because of this outlook, current programmatic offerings for "Generation X" tend to be in the "We're OK, You're Not" school of American Jewish programming, which devalues the experiences and the intellects of the participants by implying that Judaism is a perfectly whole entity with or without their contributions. As such, Rabbi Krause argues against "outreach" and instead advocates new methods based on the notion of "reach," which will meet people where they are, and will empower them to decide where they want to go.

Topic: Programming, Jewish Identification, Engagement, Generational Issues, Outreach, Inclusion

Name of Publication: CLAL on Culture Archive

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Genre: Opinion

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Krause, Jennifer. The "X" Files: Questioning the Culture of Crisis. CLAL on Culture Archive. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 2000: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8284


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