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 On Israeli Culture
Thus, the culture (in either sense) of a particular national group clearly reflects the specific way of life or creative expression that it lives or produces.
According to official Jewish ideology as it developed over thousands of years – most especially from the destruction of the Second Temple with the rise of Rabbinic ideology as the national belief – all life was to be lived in terms of religious observance.
As the legitimacy of secular expression became increasingly accepted, the way was paved for new ideas, ideologies and ways of life that had previously been shunned.
www.jafi.org.il /education/culture/onisraeli/01-intro.html   (1189 words)

 Secular Survival
Secular Judaism is the scion of an illustrious, ages-long civilization.
The last comment is the crux of the matter: "secular Jewishness is defined negatively, through an absence of something, whilst the historic Jewish identity was defined positively." In memetic terms, Israelis have replaced the Halakhic memeplex with one that allows more freedom of variation and diversity.
Yet secular Jews in the Diaspora tend to be dismissive of Torah because of its blatant theophanies and such "appalling" stories as the Akeda.
www.humanist-rites.com /secsurv/SecularSurvival3.htm   (1048 words)

 Jewish Currents Resources Web/Blog Sites of Interest   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Jewish Association for Services for the Aged provides social, recreational, health, cultural and educational programs for older persons, regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity to help sustain them in their homes and communities and to offer opportunities for a better quality of life.
Jewish Funds for Justice is a national, publicly supported foundation that acts on the historic commitment of the Jewish people to tzedakah (righteous giving) and tikkun olam (repair of the world).
Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger, to educate and raise the consciousness of the Jewish community regarding its obligation to alleviate hunger and its causes.
www.jewishcurrents.org /resources/web-blog.html   (939 words)

 The Jewish Virtual History Tour - Belarus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Jewish communities multiplied in the area and, by 1897, 725,548 Jews were accounted for in Belorussia.
Secular literature overshadowed original Jewish texts and groups such as the Mitnaggedim rejected the intense religiosity of Hasidism.
Jewish secularization was unimportant because the Nazis made no exceptions for assimilated Jews.
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org /jsource/vjw/Belarus.html   (2261 words)

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Secular humanistic Jews believe that we need positive reasons to remain Jewish that are rooted in our experience as an urban, educated, international people committed to democratic values, who will invariably remain small minorities within non-Jewish societies.
Within post-Biblical traditional Jewish literature, we find inspiration in many of the humanistic aphorisms in Pirkey Avos (Sayings of the Fathers), a tractate of the Mishna, and in many of the folk stories and legends found in the Aggadah (the non-legalistic portion of the Talmud) and in Midrash (imaginative rabbinic interpretations of the Bible).
Secular humanistic Judaism is a young and growing movement that looks forward to the challenge of being Jewish in the next century.
www.csjo.org /pages/essays/essaysoyouwanttobe.htm   (1281 words)

 UAlbany Center for Jewish Studies Receives Grant Renewal for New Courses on Secular Judaism
While Jewish studies departments and programs have grown over the last two decades, few include bachelors and master's level courses in the study of the secularization of Judaism.
The Posen Foundation and the Center for Cultural Judaism believe that the secularization of Judaism is a vital and irrefutable part of modern Jewish life, and requires study and understanding with respect to its history, texts and philosophers.
Secular Judaism is the study of Judaism as culture, stressing the concept of the Jewish people (independently of religion and of political citizenship), as the basic existential and collective dimension of Jewish identity.
www.albany.edu /news/releases/2005/may2005/jewishstudies_grant.htm   (437 words)

 The Head Heeb: Churchgoing Jews, secular conversion and 21st-century peoplehood
Friedman argued, largely from biblical sources, that membership in the Jewish people was relatively porous during the period when ancient Israel had political independence, and that it was relatively easy to become a Jew by marrying into a Jewish tribe or taking service with the king.
The secular stream of Judaism is the central and most important one in Israel, but in the absurd world of this country it is the only one to which entry is blocked.
This isn’t unique to Jewish culture — many other cultures are distinguished by particular ways of celebrating religious holidays, religion-inspired architecture or music, or a religious component to national identity — but Jews are probably at one end of the scale.
headheeb.blogmosis.com /archives/032296.html   (4434 words)

 Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture
The Vancouver Peretz Institute, also known as the Vancouver Peretz Shule, was founded in the 1950s in response to the threat to Jewish culture and Yiddish language posed by the Holocaust and WWII.
The first secular Jewish organizations arose in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in both Europe and the Western Hemisphere.
This is the lesson of Jewish history and this is why secular humanist Yidishkayt is at the core of Peretz Centre educational and cultural programs.
www.peretz-centre.org /aboutus.html   (322 words)

 NJ Jewish News | Secular Jews consider liberal future at Rutgers-Newark confab
Although in theory joined only by a philosophy that puts Jewish culture and history ahead of religious belief, in practice the gathering reflected — sometimes critically — the largely liberal politics of its organizers and attendees.
In her address, “Anti-Semitism, a Progressive Jewish Perspective,” Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz, founding director of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, said she was troubled by manifestations of anti-Jewish attitudes on the Left.
Stemming from this culture, “he grew to understand and empathize spiritually with all folk cultures,” said Robeson, a New Yorker who has written two biographies of his father and is a contributor to Jewish Currents magazine.
www.njjewishnews.com /njjn.com/060106/njSecularJewsConsider.html   (933 words)

Each program is designed to provide the students with the skills and knowledge necessary to function effectively in the communities of our movement, while enabling them to work and learn on their own during their course of study.
Secular Humanistic rabbis are spiritual leaders and philosophic and cultural mentors for Secular Humanistic Jews.
Secular Humanistic educators serve as school directors and teachers in communities, developing curricula and educational programs.
www.iishj.org /programs.htm   (1535 words)

 MyJewishLearning.com - Culture: Overview: Secular Jewish Music
The category of secular Jewish music is as elusive as it is important.
Our knowledge of secular Jewish music through the generations is necessarily limited, since it has been transmitted primarily via oral tradition, much of which we presume has been lost.
After a time, though, the Jewish intelligentsia came to see Jewish musical culture as distinct from that of the non-Jews; intellectuals such as Mendele Mokher Seforim cultivated a Yiddish literature, and Abraham Goldfaden composed operettas using themes of Jewish history and Zionism to appeal to the political sensibilities of his co-religionists.
www.myjewishlearning.com /culture/Music/Secular_Jewish_Music.htm   (709 words)

 Triumph Of The Will: Jewish Cultural Hegemony
The roots of this astounding state of affairs lies in the Jewish cultural hegemony which triumphed in the 20th century both in the West and in the Soviet Union as a result of the broad acceptance of the ideals of secular Jewish culture.
We are soaked in Zionist culture from the cradle, a culture of cruelty and greed.
A culture of cynical manipulation of the masses in the interests of a tiny world comprador elite which is no longer even primarily Jewish.
www.rense.com /general43/triump.htm   (2638 words)

 Jewish music - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The underlying principle may be the specific allotment in Jewish worship of a particular mode to each sacred occasion, because of some esthetic appropriateness felt to underlie the association.
In contrast to the meager modal choice of modern melody, the synagogal tradition revels in the possession of a number of scale-forms preserved from the remote past, much as are to be perceived in the plain-song of the Catholic, the Byzantine, and the Armenian churches, as well as Hungarian, Roma, Persian and Arab sources.
The joyous intonation of the Northern European rite for morning and afternoon prayers on the Three Festivals (Passover, Sukkot and Shavuot) closes with the third tone, third ending of the Gregorian psalmody; and the traditional chant for the Hallel itself, when not the one reminiscent of the "Tonus Peregrinus," closely corresponds with those for Ps.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Jewish_music   (3220 words)

 Center for Cultural Judaism - Grants
This course examines the emergence of distinct forms of Jewish culture in the modern age that challenge or depart from traditional Jewish sources and authority.
Modern Jewish Literature is arguably the most authentic documentation of the Jewish response to the events of the past 200 years and Jewish efforts to revitalize Judaism in the modern world.
Jewish involvement with the so-called American “New Wave” of the 1960s/1970s, as well as changes in Jewish imagery due to identity politics and other aspects of this turbulent period.
www.culturaljudaism.org /ccj/scd/54   (2710 words)

 Home » Books » Can Secularism Save Jewish Religion?
Thinking about "secular Jewish culture," I stumbled on a useful little essay by Rabbi Richard Hirsch, formerly the rabbi of my own synagogue, JRC, and now the Executive Director of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, which sounds big-wiggish and official enough, I trust.
While traditional Jewish religion posits that there is a supernatural “God” who “gave the Torah” and “chose the Jews,” Reconstructionist Judaism posits that whatever we have inherited as Jewish religion is the product of the natural experience of the Jewish people throughout history.
Secular Jews, as well as religious Jews, often share the erroneous assumption that in order to recite or sing traditional Hebrew prayers, one must believe the words one is saying.
www.jewishblogging.com /blog.php?bid=57221   (798 words)

 NJ Jewish News | Secularists meet for weekend of learning
The Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations is devoted to Jews who connect to their heritage through history, culture, and ethical values, embracing a philosophy that one leader of the movement calls “God-optional Judaism.”;
According to Muraskin, who serves as vice president of the local Jewish Cultural School and Society, “Our organization is not a political group but it definitely has a progressive political orientation in terms of whom we attract.
We come out of the Jewish labor movement and the Yiddish-oriented, progressive-oriented organizations that were involved in the struggles for social justice and civil rights.
www.njjewishnews.com /njjn.com/051806/njSecularistsGather.html   (966 words)

 All About Jewish Theatre - Zangwill coined America's most enduring metaphor
From his impoverished roots in the East End of London, which in the late nineteenth century was home to multitudes of downtrodden Eastern European Jewish immigrants, he grew to become one of the most outspoken arbiters of the Jewish cause and famous men of letters of his day, counting H.
He was committed to building a Jewish homeland but also understood that Jews had come to a fork in the road: if full Jewish nationalism could not be achieved, full assimilation into a multi-ethnic melting pot was, for him, the next best thing.
With cultural assimilation in many ways having proved itself more successful as a paradigm for society than hard-line nationalism over the last century, it seems Zangwill's vision in The Melting Pot, though idealistic, may have not have been entirely in vain.
www.jewish-theatre.com /visitor/article_display.aspx?articleID=1755   (1163 words)

 «LOST TORAH IS SECULAR JEWISH CULTURE POSSIBLE?» - VITALIY NAKHMANOVICH   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The consciousness of a secular man, who accepts death as the last point on his life path of a personality but not as a simple stop on the path of his soul towards God, cannot understand this historical phenomenon.
Therefore, when proving the absurdness of existing the Jewish culture and Jewry without the Torah ("religion"), we have to understand that this phenomenon apparently exists and not only exists but also plays, probably, a very important role, as everything related to Jews, in the creation of the world.
So, the question on the possibility of secular Jewish culture, Jewish life, on the whole, is the question of its place in the world Jewish history, whether it is the past or the future day of this history.
www.jewukr.org /observer/jo12_15/p013_e.html   (1538 words)

 Jewish Currents - Resources - Organizations
This 501(c)(3) not-for-profit entity provides children and adults with a safe, fun and Jewish cultural environment in which to enjoy their summer, grow as individuals and make life long friendships.
provides social, recreational, health, cultural and educational programs for older persons, regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity to help sustain them in their homes and communities and to offer opportunities for a better quality of life.
that organizes Jewish individuals, organizations and foundations to use their financial assets to build community and foster justice, are now combined to advance their shared domestic social change agenda; renew Jewish commitment to end poverty.
www.jewishcurrents.org /resources/organizations.htm   (782 words)

 Secular Jewish culture - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jewish classical performers have most frequently been violinists (as can be expected from the violin's importance in klezmer), pianists and cellists.
Both Mahler and Schoenberg were Jewish composers who converted to a form of Christianity to avoid anti-Semitism, but yet were still attacked by the anti-Semitic elements of Viennese society as fundamentally Jewish and therefore a corrupting and perversive influence.
Probably the most notable ethnically Jewish composer of operettas was Jacques Offenbach, a Roman Catholic convert; in the second half of the 20th century, Serge Gainsbourg's was one of the dominant figures in the evolution of cabaret music.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Secular_Jewish_culture   (7392 words)

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