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Denominations

Denominations

Do our differences matter? Many of us return to this question throughout our lives, as we make decisions that bring us closer and further, and closer again once more, from friends, parents, and children. Individuals and communities ask: Are our differences too large a gulf for us to bridge? Can we love each other from a distance? Must we be at a distance at all? To love one another, should we ignore or honor what separates us? This is the question of Jewish denominationalism. 

Central Questions 

  • Continuity & Change: How have denominations changed, and how have they stayed the same? 
  • Intersections & Divergences: What happens when denominations interact and diverge? 
  • Similarities & Significance: In what ways are denominations similar or different, and what meaning do we make of denominations?

EPISODES

In this episode of the 18Forty Podcast, we begin our Denominations series by talking to Zev Eleff—historian, author, and the president of Gratz College—about the development of the denominations of Judaism we have in America today. 

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