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For many contemporary Jews, Israel no longer serves as the Promised Land, the center of the Jewish universe and the place of final destination. In New Jews, Caryn Aviv and David Shneer provocatively argue that there is a new generation of Jews who don't consider themselves to be eternally wandering, forever outsiders within their communities and seeking to one day find their homeland. Instead, these New Jews are at home, whether it be in Buenos Aires, San Francisco or Berlin, and are rooted within communities of their own choosing. Aviv and Shneer argue that Jews have come to the end of their diaspora; wandering no more, today's Jews are settled.

In this wide-ranging book, the authors take us around the world, to Moscow, Jerusalem, New York and Los Angeles, among other places, and find vibrant, dynamic Jewish communities where Jewish identity is increasingly flexible and inclusive. New Jews offers a compelling portrait of Jewish life today.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780814740187
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 215
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Caryn Aviv is a Marsico lecturer and an affiliated faculty with the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver.

David Shneer is Director of the Program in Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : from diaspora Jews to new Jews 1
1 Let my people stay : Moscow's Jews after the exodus 26
2 Encounters with ghosts : youth tourism and the diaspora business 50
3 Temples of American identity : Jewish museums in Los Angeles 72
4 Castro, Chelsea, and Tel Aviv : queer Jews at home 107
5 Our kind of town : New York is a center of the Jewish universe 137
Epilogue : the end of the Jews 172
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