Jews: Pulling Toward Unity

Just as Christians are exploring the prospects for ecumenism, U.S. Jews are talking about a reunion of their major divisions: Orthodox, Conservative and Reform. Last month representatives of the three branches, each of which embraces roughly one-third of the na tion's 6,000,000 Jews, agreed at the annual meeting of the Conservatives' Rabbinical Assembly that denominationalism is "the most pernicious and destructive element in American Jew ish life." In the current issue of the quarterly Judaism, some leading Jewish intellectuals discuss the possibilities of healing the old antagonisms, which in the past...

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