ERIC Number: ED279566
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Who Speaks for American Judaism? Competing Approaches to Public Issues. Ethics and Public Policy Essay 48.
Siegel, Seymour N.
Rabbi Seymour N. Siegel presents four theses in the main address entitled "American Jews and Political Life": (1) Jewish voters as a group are more liberal than the general voting public. (2) Jewish organizations generally represent the views of their constituencies. (3) The liberal orientation in the Jewish community is true neither to Jewish interests nor to Jewish teachings, for both are conservative on social and political issues. (4) There are signs of a turn toward conservatism within the Jewish community. Responses to the theses are offered by Marshall J. Breger, a New York Law School professor and visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation; Rabbi Joshua O. Haberman, Washington Hebrew Congregation (Reform); and David Saperstein, co-director and counsel of the Religious Action Center (Union of American Hebrew Congregations and Central Conference of American Rabbis), with a final word from the main speaker. Included are a foreword, an "Exchange with the Audience," and notes. (KWL)
Descriptors: Anti Semitism, Jews, Judaism, Minority Groups, Organizations (Groups), Political Issues, Religious Cultural Groups, Social Problems
University Press of America, 4720 Boston Way, Lanham, MD 20706 ($5.00)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, DC.
Note: An edited version of a session presented at the Annual Conference of the Ethics and Public Policy Center (3rd, Washington, DC April 1983).