chapter  12
32 Pages

Patterns of Political Organization and Leadership in Modern Jewish Communities and Their Contemporary Implications

WithPeter Y. Medding

Earlier in this century, Western Jewish communities outside of Israel were confronted by common internal and external challenges. These gave rise to intense and deep community conflicts that severely tested the capacities of existing Jewish communal leaders and resulted in new patterns of Jewish communal leadership. The similarities in these communities’ responses to major issues of conflict are significant in explaining their contemporary functioning, and provide a sense of unity and continuity that extends beyond the boundaries of individual communities.