The American Jewish community is riddled with doubts about the viability of the institutions that well
served the Jewish community of the twentieth century.
Synagogues, federations and Jewish membership organizations
have yet to figure out how to meet the changing
interests and needs of the next generation.
In this challenging yet hopeful call for transformational
change, visionary leader Rabbi Sidney Schwarz
looks at the social norms that are shaping the habits
and lifestyles of younger American Jews and why the
next generation is so resistant to participation in the
institutions of Jewish communal life as they currently
exist. He sets out four guiding principles that can drive
a renaissance in Jewish life and gives evidence of how,
on the margins of the Jewish community, those principles
are already generating enthusiasm and engagement
from the very Millennials that the organized
Jewish community has yet to engage.