Topic: Jewish Practices, Modern Issues
Duration: 8-10 sessions

Melton Course - Jewish Denominations

How has Jewish identity and religious expression been influenced by the historical and ideological developments of modernity? How has Judaism addressed hot-button topics like gender roles and intermarriage against the backdrop of 300 years of dramatic religious and social change? Delve into these topics and more in a fascinating 10-session study of the variety of voices that make up contemporary Judaism — where we are today, and how we got here.

Table of Contents

Lesson 1 - Introduction: The Emergence of a Denominational Perspective in Response to Modernity

Lesson 2 - Religion Encounters Modern Europe I: The Rise of Reform Judaism in the 19th Century

Lesson 3 - Religion Encounters Modern Europe II: Traditionalist Reactions to Reform and Modern Culture

Lesson 4 - The Evolution of Reform Judaism in America

Lesson 5 - Conservative Judaism and Reconstructionism in America

Lesson 6 - Ideology and the Synagogue-Center: Visions of Conservative Judaism

Lesson 7 - American Orthodoxy: Divisions and Realignment

Lesson 8 - Jewish Denominationalism through the Lens of Gender and Sexual Identity

Lesson 9 - Jewish Peoplehood and Jewish Denominations

Lesson 10 - Beyond Denominationalism

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