In his new book, Awakenings, American Jewish Transformations in Identity, Leadership, and Belonging,
Rabbi Ben Spratt speaks about the future of American Judaism with optimism.
“…Judaism offers a wellspring of tools to help us flourish…to meet modern needs.”
“A profound call to action for modern-day Judaism rooted in facts and faith. As a Jew by Choice, I’m heartened by the rabbis’ observation on the vibrant growth of previously margialized Jews by Choice, Jews of Color, and LGBTQ Jews.” — Juju Chang, Journalist at ABC News and anchor of NightlineRead more reviews
A powerful antidote to the tired narratives of demise plaguing contemporary Jewish life in favor of a stirring exploration of what Jewish life could be.” — Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President, Union for Reform Judaism
“Challenges us to face the truth of it all and create anew. Such nourishment for our pluralistic and struggling world!”— Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director, Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
“In making a compelling case for the vibrancy of American Jewry, “Awakenings” offers a long-overdue counterweight to the dire predictions about the future of the Jewish world’s most important Diaspora community. Even as Rabbis Stanton and Spratt rightly celebrate Diaspora, they are keenly aware of the need to strengthen the connection between American Jews and Israel. Along with a vision of American Jewish spiritual renewal, they offer the hope of a deepening and mutually respectful relationship between the world’s two largest Jewish communities. This book offers an essential roadmap to how we may maximize the unprecedented opportunities provided by a new era in Jewish history, whose implications we are just beginning to unpack.” — Yossi Klein Halevi, Senior Fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute; author of New York Times bestseller A Letter to My Palestinian Neighborshow less