29. Judaism(s) in Contemporary America

  1. Alan T. Levenson
  1. Dana Evan Kaplan1,2

Published Online: 19 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118232897.ch29

The Wiley-Blackwell History of Jews and Judaism

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How to Cite

Kaplan, D. E. (2012) Judaism(s) in Contemporary America, in The Wiley-Blackwell History of Jews and Judaism (ed A. T. Levenson), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118232897.ch29

Editor Information

  1. University of Oklahoma, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    United Congregation of Israelites, Kingston, Jamaica

  2. 2

    United Theological College of the University of the West Indies, Jamaica

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405196376

Online ISBN: 9781118232897



  • Judaism(s) in contemporary America;
  • American Judaism, distinctive from Judaism;
  • American Judaism, and the synagogue;
  • denominations, of different belief systems;
  • Reform Judaism, in the United States;
  • conservative movement, its reconstructionist offshoot;
  • rabbinical organization;
  • Orthodox Judaism, written and oral law;
  • focus on personal spirituality


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Four Major Denominations and Other American Jewish Religious Groups

  • The Reform Movement

  • The Conservative Movement and Its Reconstructionist Offshoot

  • Orthodox Judaism

  • Increasing Focus on Personal Spirituality