Fragile Branches: Travels Through the Jewish Diaspora

Fragile Branches: Travels Through the Jewish Diaspora

by James R. Ross, James R. Ross, James Ross
     
 

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A Ugandan village. An island in the Amazon. A Peruvian mountain town. Throughout the world, in the unlikeliest places, isolated communities are embracing Judaism despite enormous obstacles. In this fascinating tour of six far-flung Jewish communities, James Ross creates a portrait of people who are currently risking their lives and livelihoods to exist as Jews, though… See more details below

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A Ugandan village. An island in the Amazon. A Peruvian mountain town. Throughout the world, in the unlikeliest places, isolated communities are embracing Judaism despite enormous obstacles. In this fascinating tour of six far-flung Jewish communities, James Ross creates a portrait of people who are currently risking their lives and livelihoods to exist as Jews, though in some cases they have no historical links to Judaism.

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Ross (Escape to Shanghai) wants people to consider who is, and what makes someone, Jewish. He raises these issues by describing several far-flung communities--located in Uganda, Peru, the Brazilian Amazon, India, and Israel--that claim to have familial or historical connections to Judaism and wish to live within the faith. Ross tells the stories of each community's central figures and writes about their desire to study Judaism to further their limited knowledge. He describes the rituals they perform, how they are treated in their country of origin, and how Israel's religious establishment does not consider them fully Jewish. This summary of people who claim a particular religious attachment and identity and put that claim to work in their lives, will work best as an introduction and is most suitable for library collections where there is interest in Jewish identity. For larger public libraries.--Naomi E. Hafter, Broward Cty. P.L., Ft. Lauderdale, FL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573221658
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2000
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.94(d)

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"With immediacy and color, with the journalist's eye for the telling detail...Fragile Branches brings interesting dimensions to the question of 'Who is a Jew?'" —The Jewish Week

"His book fills a void in the literature, and will become a standard work in Judaica." —Beliefnet.com

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