Gerald Bubis

Gerald Bubis is Founding Director of the School of Jewish Communal Service and Alfred Gottschalk Professor Emeritus of Jewish Communal Studies at Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles. He served as Vice-Chair of the Steering Committee of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

Publications by Gerald Bubis


 No. 478     May 2002 Israeli Arabs — A Growing Time Bomb The riots by Israeli Arabs in October 2000, which took place in conjunction with the outbreak of a renewed wave of Palestinian violence against Israeli Jews, resulted […] Read More »

Reappraising Jafi’s Missions in Israel

Back to the Future: Jewish Awakening and Renewal

The Impact of Changing Issues on Federations and Their Structures

On the occasion of the century of the federation movement, let us look at the primary focus of the federation system twenty years ago when its power was at its peak, and
compare the issues that preoccupied the federation movement then with those confronting federations today. This will provide a context to identify some of the more subtle issues at work in federations which guide or limit the governance process. It is my premise that federations have been excellent at responding to crises which have confronted Jews that were generated from outside of Jewish life. This crisis-oriented philosophy has permeated much of Jewish life and Jews’ psyches.
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The Impact of Denomination: Differences in the Israel-Related Opinions of American Rabbis and Jewish Communal Workers

Jewish professional communal leaders differ from the Jewish public in that they are more Jewishly knowledgeable, involved, and committed. This study reports on survey data collected in 1987 from these leaders? American rabbis and Jewish communal workers ? subdivided along denominational lines. It confirms the near demise of any distinctive position of communal workers and underlines the importance of denominational or religious identity as a variable in predicting attitudes toward Israel. Analyzed
areas of behavior include frequency of travel to Israel and contact with Israelis. Attitudes investigated dealt with Zionist commitment, Israeli foreign policy and political personalities, the acceptability of public criticism of Israel, and religious pluralism. Read More »

What are the Professional Leaders of American Jewry Thinking About Israel?

Some Paradoxes in American Jewish Life