Judaism and Justice: The Jewish Passion to Repair the World

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Jewish Lights Publishing
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6.04 X 9.03 X 0.89 inches | 1.08 pounds
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About the Author

Rabbi Sidney Schwarz is a social entrepreneur, an author and a political activist. He founded and led PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values for twenty-one years. He is also the founding rabbi of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, Maryland, where he continues to teach and lead services. Currently, he serves as a senior fellow at Clal-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership where he is involved in a program that trains rabbis to be visionary spiritual leaders. He is the author of Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future; Finding a Spiritual Home: How a New Generation of Jews Can Transform the American Synagogue and Judaism and Justice: The Jewish Passion to Repair the World.

Rabbi Sidney Schwarz is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future
  • Tribal vs. Covenantal Identity: Jews and the American Public Square
  • Finding a Spiritual Home: Redefining the Religious Enterprise
  • Reaching the Jewish Community of the 21st Century: Educating for Jewish Citizenship
  • Between Conscience and Solidarity
  • Can Social Justice Save the Jewish Soul?

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One of the most accessible books written on Judaism and social justice.... Provides the kind of compelling language and story that can lead to a closer connection with Jewish life.
--Rabbi David Saperstein, director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

"A bold vision. Will particularly resonate with today's young Jews who are seeking new definitions of Jewish identity and meaning that are both uniquely Jewish and universally human. A significant contribution for anyone who cares about the future of the Jewish people and our imperative to repair our broken world."
--Lynn Schusterman, president, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

"An original analysis of the contemporary American Jewish condition, but, even more importantly, an exciting prescription for a Judaism that combines a commitment to justice and righteousness with kedusha, 'holy apartness'."
--Rabbi Irving Greenberg, president, Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation

"Breaks new ground. Connects the deep roots of social justice with Jewish thought and the American experience ... in a voice that awakens and summons us. Will enable non-Jews to appreciate the Jewish passion for freedom that we as Jews connect to equality and justice."
--David Cohen, cofounder, Advocacy Institute; former president, Common Cause

"A thoughtful, important and timely book. Not only does it help to describe and explain today's exciting revival of social justice activism among Jews, it is quite likely going to accelerate that phenomenon.... Helps to redefine Judaism's moral center in a way that is both clear and compelling."
--Rabbi Rachel Cowan, executive director, Institute for Jewish Spirituality

"Provides a long awaited prophetic vision for the nexus between Jewish tradition, culture and commitment to social justice. Rich and nuanced ... combines an informative history of Jewish activism in the worlds of political and social action, and a persuasive reading of Jewish texts, arguing for their relevance as a source of guidance for Jews and for the world.... A must read."
--David Gordis, PhD, president and professor of rabbinics, Hebrew College, Boston