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

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