Beyond Survival challenges the current agenda, assumptions, mind-set, and sacred cows of the Jewish establishment, which has largely accepted as a given and become resigned to its communal decline. Instead, Beyond Survival offers an alternative vision for the Jewish future--a paradigm shift, one in which individuals can find an open and accepting community that joyously and creatively celebrates their sacred way of life. A future in which we can all grow and thrive. Beyond Survival begins by taking an in-depth look at the obstacles that currently prevent our growth as a people. This is the survival agenda that has served the Jewish community well in the past but now needs to be laid to rest. Change is never easy, but Rabbi Bookman, drawing from his decades of experience as a pulpit rabbi and innovator, shows the reader the path to surmount them. In each successive chapter, Beyond Survival looks at the opportunities that are in front of us--from active conversion; emerging Jewish communities around the globe; a new understanding of intermarriage; a realigned relationship of mutuality with a pluralistic Israel; a post-modern understanding of Jewish identity; reimagined synagogues and reinvigorated Jewish institutions; and a community that is truly an open door to all. In the afterword, Rabbi Bookman suggests how this can all take shape, positing that a thriving Jewish community can be actualized only when we all thrive. Against all the inertia, resignation, negativity and pessimism that pervades our world, Beyond Survival is a breath of fresh air, hope, and practical, achievable direction for a bright future that we can create together.
About the Author
Terry Bookman is a respected, nationally known Jewish leader, author, and the co-founder of Eitzah. Through this organization, Bookman has reached thousands of rabbis and congregational leaders and remains active in sharing his passion for teaching young rabbis the history and new visions of the Jewish story. Bookman holds a doctor of divinity degree and has taught at several universities including Marquette, where he was awarded numerous academic distinctions. He was also named one of Newsweek magazine's "Top 25 Pulpit Rabbis in America."He currently lives in Miami, Florida.