Democracy and Judaism: Does One Need the Other to Thrive?

with Aaron Dorfman, Amy Spitalnick, Rabbis Amy Klein and Bill Plevan, and moderated by Rabbi Elyse Wechterman

Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at 1:30pm Eastern  

Over 50 years ago, Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, founder of Reconstructionist Judaism, posited that Democracy was essential for a vibrant and thriving Jewish people/community.  Our question is:  was he right?  Do Jews and Judaism need democracy?  In the United States?  In Israel?  Kaplan posited that Democracy is the religion of America: is this still true, and what does it mean for those of us who also have another religious tradition?  Is there a Jewish commitment to democracy in either the US or Israel, and what do we need to do to strengthen it?

*Cosponsored by The Mordecai Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood, the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, A More Perfect Union: The Jewish Partnership for Democracy, and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs