Book Reviews couple in this context. The book has a bibliography and a useful list of internet addresses for further study, but no name index. The German-American Heritage Museum in Washington, D.C., founded in 2010, should be included in future editions. Ehrhard Bahr University of California, Los Angeles Contemporary American Judaism: Transformation and Renewal, by Dana Evan Kaplan. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009. 446 pp. $34.50. A number of highly targeted studies have begun to analyze the scope and significance of recent innovations in contemporary American Judaism. However, the book under review, Dana Evan Kaplan's Contemporary America Judaism: Tradition and Renewal, is one of the first synthetic, book-length explorations of the changing realities of American Jewish life. Kaplan seeks to share a popular overview of Judaism over the past five decades with the "uninitiated reader." He certainly succeeds in reaching this goal. Contemporary American Judaism offers an accessible narrative that is especially well suited for introductory courses on American Judaism and lay audiences interested in understanding the rapidly shifting landscape of Jewish identity today. One of the strengths of this text is its sensitivity to the importance of placing new models of Jewish life in a larger
Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies – Purdue University Press
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