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.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -263) and index.
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.
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