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Conservative Judaism

Looking for a good book on Conservative Judaism?

Conservative Judaism in America began as a reaction. There were several efforts in the 1800s to unite all Jews in America, which explains why many of the institutions created then have such nondenominational names. (Take, for example, Reform Judaism's Central Conference of American Rabbis, or its congregational arm, the Union of American Hebrew Congregations; on the Conservative side, how about the Rabbinical Assembly or the United Synagogue of America?) But these efforts, already straining, came to a quick halt with the famous "treif banquet" .

The Conservative movement chose the middle ground between Reform, which it felt went too far toward assimilation, and Orthodoxy, which it felt mistakenly had frozen halacha (Jewish law) instead of adapting it to modern times. Speaking sociologically, the Conservative movement aimed to serve the immigrants and children of immigrants from Eastern Europe who wanted a mostly traditional service, mostly in Hebrew, but in a comfortable, suburban style. Postwar Conservative Judaism grew rapidly, and many synagogues built in that period are large buildings with many kinds of facilities ("shuls with pools") in order to offer something for everyone.

In Israel, the Conservative movement is known as Masorti, which means traditional...not to be confused with the Traditional movement that broke away from the Conservative movement when the latter began admitting women to rabbinical school.

Books on Conservative Jews and Judaism

The books shown below include books of Conservative Jewish theology and practice, histories of Conservative Judaism, some publications of the Conservative movement and its rabbinical school, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and the new Conservative commentary on the Torah, Etz Hayim.

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The New Rabbi: A Congregation Searches for Its Leader

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Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary

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Conservative Judaism: The New Century

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Jews in the Center: Conservative Synagogues and Their Members

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Conservative Judaism in America: A Biographical Dictionary and Sourcebook (Jewish Denominations in America)

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A Guide to Jewish Religious Practice

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An Ethnographic Study of an American Conservative Synagogue

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The Conservative Movement in Judaism: Dilemmas and Opportunities (Suny Series in American Jewish Society in the 1990s)

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Fill a Blank Page: A Biography of Solomon Schechter

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Passover Haggadah: The Feast of Freedom

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Deepening a Commitment: Zionism and the Conservative/Masorti Movement

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Jews by Choice: A Study of Converts to Reform and Conservative Judaism

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The Bedside Torah: Wisdom, Visions, and Dreams

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Common Ground: The Weekly Torah Portion Through the Eyes of a Conservative, Orthodox, and Reform Rabbi

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Tradition Renewed: A History of the Jewish Theological Seminary

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God in the Teachings of Conservative Judaism (Emet Ve Emunah: Studies in Conservative Jewish Thought, Vol 3)

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Moreh Derekh: The Rabbi's Manual of the Rabbinical Assembly

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Jewish Year 2003 Calendar: Treaures from the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York

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Fire! the Library Is Burning: The Library Is Burning

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A different spirit : the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1886-1902

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Of Learning and Libraries: The Seminary Library at One Hundred

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The American Synagogue: A Sanctuary Transformed: A Centennial Publication of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America

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Sabbath and Festival Prayerbook

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Responsa, 1991-2000: Sheelot U-Teshuvot

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Aspects of Rabbinic Theology: With a New Introduction by Neil Gillman, Including the Original Preface of 1909 & the Introduction by Louis Finkelstein

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