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What do we mean by Judaism/American Judaism?

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The slideshow presentation offered on the first day of American Jewish Cultures class, Sept 27, 2011.

The slideshow presentation offered on the first day of American Jewish Cultures class, Sept 27, 2011.

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  • 85 % of U.S. Jews live in 20 metro areas.
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    • 1. What is Judaism?
      Is it a religion, a culture, a nation, a people, a system of ethics, an ethnic group, a pre-requisite for making it as a successful comedian?
    • 2. It’s a religion
      It’s an ethnicity
      One God
      Universal Creator
      Specific God of Israel
      System of ethical and ritual laws & practices
      Sacred homeland
      Sacred texts
      Torah and Hebrew Bible
      Talmud, Midrash, Kabbalah
      Holidays
      Sacred narrative (Moses, etc.)
      Common language(s)
      Shared history
      Shared rituals
      Shared foods
      Shared humor
      Shared roots in a particular land
      Sense of shared destiny
      Shared physical appearance attributes
    • 3. Ashkenazi Jews
      (European descent)
      Sephardi Jews
      (trace roots back to Spain)
      Mizrahi Jews
      (Jews descending from the Middle East, North Africa, and Persian Gulf)
      Ethiopian Jews
      Sabras
      Jews-by-choice
      Jews adopted as children
    • 4. “Judaism is an
      evolving
      religious
      civilization.”
      history
      languages
      Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan1881 - 1983
      religion
      cuisine
      culture
      homeland
      humor
      art & literature
    • 5. Centers of Jewish civilization today
      EUROPE
      1,500,000
    • 6. Jewish-Americans: population centers
    • 7. Politics
    • 8. Comedy
    • 9. Hollywood
    • 10. Different Ways of Analyzing or Surveying Contemporary American Jewish Cultures
    • 11. By Movement/Philosophy
      Conservative
      Orthodox
      Modern Orthodox
      Haredi
      Chabad
      Other Hasidic Sects
      Reconstructionist
      Renewal
      “Just Jewish”
      Secular/Cultural
      Reform
      Humanistic
    • 12. How the movements differ
      Beliefs about Torah & Sacred Texts
      Beliefs about God
      Authority of Jewish law (halakhah)
      Who has authority to determine halakhicdecisions or other decisions of ethics and ritual practice
      Nature and purpose of the Jewish people
      Ways of relating to modernity & the contemporary world
    • 13. By Geographic Region
    • 14. By Attitudes towards Israel
    • 15. By Sub-ethnicity
    • 16. By LGBT issues
    • 17. By In-marriage/Intermarriage
    • 18. By JBB or JBC

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