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You Say You Want a Revolution?

From today’s Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, check out “The Second American Jewish Revolution” by Steven Windmueller:

The past 20 years have been marked by the single largest growth of new Jewish organizations — well, at least since 1880, when the first defining period of American Judaism began.
You can rightly call it a major American Jewish revolution that is now under way.

Though lots of people have predicted this second “Great Awakening,” Windmueller, director of the School of Jewish Communal Service at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles (say that three times fast), is proving that it’s already underway.

2 thoughts on “You Say You Want a Revolution?

  1. “the organizations of the first revolution, including the federation system, will inevitably decline if they cannot adapt to changing times and modes.”

  2. I think the Federations have been doing a not bad job, amidst choruses of jeers, of adapting to changing times. They were mostly playing catchup from the mid-90’s to a few years ago but I think they’ve come a long way, at least in places like NY, SF and Boston. Maybe elsewhere too but those are the ones I’m aware of. I don’t think that the private foundations that drove innovation over the last ten years can afford to rest on their laurels; the Federations are catching up to them.

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