National Variations in Jewish Identity: Implications for Jewish Education

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Explores how and why Jewish identity varies in different locations around the world and examines the implications of these variations for Jewish education.
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“This book is a good survey of present knowledge and issues in the study of Jewish identity and its implications for education.” — Nathan Glazer, Harvard University
In analyses of how and why Jewish identity varies across modern societies and convergences and conflicts in religious, ethnic, and national identities, 15 papers explore the themes of: Jewish responses to modernity; European and North American variations; regional variations in the US (from an educational camp retreat in California, to being Jewish in New York City); and the Israeli difference. Seven of the 17 contributors are with the Hebrew U., two are at other Israeli universities, and the rest are US and British scholars in relevant fields. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791443729
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 325
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

At the Hebrew University, Steven M. Cohen is Associate Professor at the Melton Center for Jewish Education and Gabriel Horenczyk is Senior Lecturer at the Melton Center and the School of Education. Cohen is the author of several books, including Two Worlds of Judaism: The Israeli and American Experiences (with Charles Liebman), and Cosmopolitans and Parochials: Modern Orthodox Jews in America (with Samuel C. Heilman). Horenczyk is the coeditor of Language, Identity, and Immigration (with Elite Olshtain).

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Table of Contents

Steven M. Cohen

Part I. Jewish Responses to Modernity

1. Being Jewish and . . .
Michael A. Meyer

2. Jewish Religious, Ethnic, and National Identities: Convergences and Conflicts
Daniel J. Elazar

3. Arthur Ruppin Revisited: The Jews of Today, 1904–1994
Sergio DellaPergola

4. A Tradition of Invention: Family and Educational Institutions among Contemporary Traditionalizing Jews
Harvey E. Goldberg

Part II. European and North American Variations

5. National Contexts, Eastern European Immigrants, and Jewish Identity: A Comparative Analysis
Paula E. Hyman

6. British Jews or Britons of the Jewish Persuasion? The Religious Constraints of Civic Freedom
Geoffrey Alderman

7. Reluctant Cosmopolitans: The Impact of Continentalism, Multiculturalism, and Globalization on Jewish Identity in Canada
Stuart Schoenfeld

8. From Commandment to Persuasion: Probing the "Hard" Secularism of American Jewry
Henry L. Feingold

9. Family Economy/Family Relations: The Development of American Jewish Ethnicity in the Early Twentieth Century
Riv-Ellen Prell

Part III. Regional Variations in the United States

10. Inventing Jewish Identity in California: Shlomo Bardin, Zionism, and the Brandeis Camp Institute
Deborah Dash Moore

11. Jewishness in New York: Exception or the Rule?
Bethamie Horowitz

Part IV. The Israeli Difference

12. From Individuality to Identity: Directions in the Thought of J. B. Soloveitchik and Eliezer Schweid
Jonathan Cohen

13. Patterns of Jewish Identity Among Israeli Youth and Implications for Teaching of Jewish Sources
Asher Shkedi

14. A Social Constructivist Approach to Jewish Identity
Gabriel Horencyzk and Zvi Bekerman

15. Jewish and Other National and Ethnic Identities of Israeli Jews
Stephen Sharot


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