The Maintenance and Transmission of Ethnic Identity: A Study of Four Ethnic Groups of Religious Jews in Israel

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Virtually all immigrants to Israel after 1949 were regarded as Jewish in their countries of origin. When they arrived in their new home, however, the enormous social and cultural differences among them and the varieties of their religious customs provided the stimulus for the recognition of new, distinct ethnic groups. This book is the result of a field study conducted in Ethiopia and Israel to document specific expressions of religious customs and their methods of transmission. Four religiously observant groups ...

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Overview

Virtually all immigrants to Israel after 1949 were regarded as Jewish in their countries of origin. When they arrived in their new home, however, the enormous social and cultural differences among them and the varieties of their religious customs provided the stimulus for the recognition of new, distinct ethnic groups. This book is the result of a field study conducted in Ethiopia and Israel to document specific expressions of religious customs and their methods of transmission. Four religiously observant groups were studied: Ashkenazim, Sephardim, veteran Ethiopians, and recently arrived Ethiopians. Soroff comprehensively describes how the groups express their identities while maintaining their physical boundaries. The book also defines the roles of women and men in the transmission of ethnic identity. Contents: Introduction; The Setting; History of Immigration to Israel; Ethnic History of Study Groups; Ashkenazim: The Standard-Bearers; Sephardim: Mellow Orthodoxy; Veteran Ethiopians: Ancient Traditions in Transition; New Ethiopians: Guardians of the Ancient Traditions; Conclusion.

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Focuses on how the Ashkenazim, Sephardim, established Ethiopians, and recently arrived Ethiopians express their identity in Israel and maintain their boundaries from other Jewish groups. The study particularly explores the role of religious expression in maintaining ethnicity, the role of gender in the transmission and maintenance of ethnic identity in the public and private spheres, and the role of regional affiliation in the maintenance of ethnic identity. Lacks an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819199645
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

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Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 The Setting 13
3 History of Immigration to Israel 25
4 Ethnic History of Study Groups 47
5 Ashkenazim: The Standard-Bearers 59
6 Sephardim: Mellow Orthodoxy 109
7 Veteran Ethiopians: Ancient Traditions in Transition 145
8 New Ethiopians: Guardians of the Ancient Traditions 177
9 Conclusion 217
Appendix 1 227
Appendix 2 231
Endnotes 237
Bibliography 239
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