Freedman recently spent several years visiting Jewish communities throughout the United States and Israel. His observations and reflections serve as the basis of his most recent book, Jew vs. Jew: The Struggle for the Soul of American Jewry (2000). The work offers a gripping portrait of American Jewry as it confronts new challenges to its identity. He locates the fissures and tension points in contemporary Judaism, over issues such as conversion standards, the role of women, and the peace process in Israel, and how these forces are shaping its future.
Freedman teaches at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and was named the nation's outstanding journalism educator in 1997 by the Society of Professional Journalists. He is a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines. Professor Freedman comes to the Athenaeum as the second speaker in the series, "Judaism: Learning from the Past, Learning for the Future."