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Arthur A. Goren's strikingly lucid and accessible essays, ranging over nearly a century of Jewish communal life, examine the ways in which American Jews grappled with issues of group survival in an open and accepting society. With the focus on Jewish strategies for maintaining a collective identity while participating fully in American society and public life, Goren explores how immigrants fashioned a Jewish public culture from the traditions and secular ideologies they brought with them from Europe. Individual chapters treat celebrations and demonstrations, including protest marches, commemorations of historical events, political campaigns, and public funerals of famous people, that came to serve as civic rituals of affirmation and self-definition in the early 1900s. Turning to the second half of the century, Goren considers the unifying commitment of American Jews to assuring Israel's security and to striving for a pluralistic America. These essays provide a fresh, provocative, and compelling look at the fundamental question facing American Jewry at the end of the 20th century, as at its start: how to assure Jewish survival within American freedom.

Synopsis:

These strikingly lucid and accessible essays, ranging over nearly a century of Jewish communal life, examine the ways in which immigrant Jews grappled with issues of group survival in an open and accepting American society. Ten case studies focus on Jewish strategies for maintaining a collective identity while participating fully in American society and public life. Readers will find that these essays provide a fresh, provocative, and compelling look at the fundamental question facing American Jewry at the end of the 20th century, as at its start: how to assure Jewish survival in the benign conditions of American freedom.

About the Author

Arthur A. Goren is Russell and Bettina Knapp Professor of American Jewish History at Columbia University. His books include New York Jews and the Quest for Community, Dissent in Zion: From the Writings of Judah L. Magnes, and The American Jews.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part 1: Immigrant Encounters with America, 1900-1940

1. Strategies of Survival and the Uses of Pluralism

2. Pageants of Sorrow, Celebration and Protest

3. The Rites of Community

4. Socialist Politics on the Lower East Side

5. Conservative Politics of the Orthodox Press

6. Paths of Leadership

Part 2: Communal Politics and Public Culture, 1940-1990

7. Spiritual Zionists and Jewish Sovereignty

8. Americanizing Zionist Pioneers

9. The "Golden Decade": 1945-1955

10. Inventing the "New Pluralism"

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253335357
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Author:
Goren, Arthur A.
Subject:
Minority Studies - Ethnic American
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
Jewish - General
Subject:
United States Ethnic relations.
Subject:
Jews -- United States.
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
American Studies; History; Jewish Studies; Politics
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Modern Jewish Experience
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 bandw photos, 1 index
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.3 x 6.38 x 1.08 in

Related Subjects

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History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » Immigration
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Religion » Judaism » Jewish History

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"Synopsis" by , These strikingly lucid and accessible essays, ranging over nearly a century of Jewish communal life, examine the ways in which immigrant Jews grappled with issues of group survival in an open and accepting American society. Ten case studies focus on Jewish strategies for maintaining a collective identity while participating fully in American society and public life. Readers will find that these essays provide a fresh, provocative, and compelling look at the fundamental question facing American Jewry at the end of the 20th century, as at its start: how to assure Jewish survival in the benign conditions of American freedom.
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