Synopses & Reviews
A collaboration of the world's leading contemporary Jewry scholars, this book explains how and why Jewish identity differs in various societies and regions and the impact of these variations on the theory and practice of Jewish education. The authors discuss differences that extend beyond such immediately obvious variations as language and dress. Included is an examination of what Jews believe they share and what sets them apart from others; what specific elements of Judaism, which conceptualizations, and which interpretations acquire special emphasis; and the extent to which, and the manner in which, Jews are to function as part of the larger societies in which they dwell.
Table of Contents
Being Jewish and ... /Michael A. Meyer --Jewish religious, ethnic, and national identities /Daniel J. Elazar --Arthur Ruppin revisited /Sergio DellaPergola --Tradition of invention /Harvey E. Goldberg --National contexts, Eastern European immigrants, and Jewish identity /Paula E. Hyman --British Jews or Britons of the Jewish persuasion? /Geoffrey Alderman --Reluctant cosmopolitans /Stuart Schoenfeld --From commandment to persuasion /Henry L. Feingold --Family economy, family relations /Riv-Ellen Prell --Inventing Jewish identity in California /Deborah Dash Moore --Jewishness in New York /Bethamie Horowitz --From individuality to identity /Jonathan Cohen --Patterns of Jewish identity among Israeli youth and implications for teaching of Jewish sources /Asher Shkedi --Social constructivist approach to Jewish identity /Gabriel Horencyzk and Zvi Bekerman --Jewish and other national and ethnic identities of Israeli Jews /Stephen Sharot