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Liberal Jews in the Rebbe’s Christian America

As the vision of neutrality in the public sphere is defeated, all Jews – not just Chabad – will need a strategy to compete in the marketplace of religion
Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer is president of the Shalom Hartman Institute. Yehuda is a leading thinker and author on the meaning of Israel to American Jews, on Jewish history and Jewish memory, and on questions of leadership and change in American Jewish life. Yehuda led the creation of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America in 2010 as a pioneering research and educational center for the leadership of the North American Jewish community, and teaches in

“Liberal American Jews thrived in America because we cultivated a deep relationship between the vision we had of our Judaism as a liberal religion that could thrive in America, and a complementary belief in American liberalism itself.

The constitutional revolution currently underway in the Roberts court is striking a significant blow to that liberal order, first eroding personal liberty on the national right to get an abortion, and now also – in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District – on the issue of religion in the American public square. As liberal American Jews struggle to respond to this uncertainty, we find ourselves at a crossroads: do we fight for our old vision of America, a vision that is faltering? Or do we consider the history that brought us to this point, and rethink what the future of American Jewish liberalism should mean?”

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