Observing America's Jews

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Overview

Collected essays by a preeminent authority on American Jewish history.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rejecting the conventional wisdom that American ethnic groups proceed in orderly fashion through the stages of self-segregation, acculturation and assimilation, Sklare argues, in one of these essays, that a majority of American Jews have not totally assimilated. Elsewhere, he challenges the view that Jews who intermarry do so because of self-hatred or social or psychological aberrations; the real causes, he contends, are the complacency of liberal Jewish parents and the ideal of romantic love. The late Sklare, a Brandeis sociologist, made influential contributions to the study of American Jewish life. This collection of book chapters and articles from journals such as Commentary and Mainstream investigates American Jewry's rituals, worship and attitudes toward Israel; perceives a loss of direction in Conservative Judaism; addresses questions of Christian-Jewish relations; and examines the condition of urban Jews who are unattached to their communities. Aug.
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“The late Sklare, a Brandeis sociologist, made influential contributions to the study of American Jewish life. This collection of book chapters and articles from journals such as Commentary and Mainstream investigates American Jewry’s rituals, worship and attitudes toward Israel; perceives a loss of direction in conservative Judaism; addresses questions of Christian-Jewish relations; and examines the condition of urban Jews who are unattached to their communities."—Publishers Weekly
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Meet the Author

MARSHALL SKLARE was the Klutznick Family Emeritus Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies and Sociology at Brandeis University. His publications include America’s Jews (1971), Jewish Identity on the Suburban Frontier (1967), and Conservative Judaism: An American Religious Movement (1955). JONATHAN D. SARNA is the Joseph and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University. CHARLES LIEBMAN is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Argov Center for the Study of Israel and the Jewish People at Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel.
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Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword
Author's Preface
A Sociologist of the Jews: Some Autobiographical Remarks 1
A Wife's Response 16
American Jews and American Judaism
Jewish Acculturation and American Jewish Identity 21
The Jewish Religion in America 37
The Conservative Movement: Achievements and Problems 55
The Greening of Judaism 75
American Jews and Israel
Jewish Attitudes toward the State of Israel 89
Lakeville and Israel: The Six-Day War and Its Aftermath 107
Jews and American Life
Jews, Ethnics, and the American City 131
The Bicentennial Spirit: Jews, Yankees, and Other Ethnic Groups in Boston 146
The Jew in American Sociological Thought 159
The Sociology of Contemporary Jewish Studies 181
Survival of the American Jewish Community
The Image of the Good Jew in Lakeville 205
The Conversion of the Jews 215
Intermarriage and the Jewish Future 234
The Future of Jewish Giving 248
American Jewry: The Ever-Dying People 262
Marshall Sklare: An Assessment 275
Chronological Bibliography of the Writings of Marshall Sklare 287
Acknowledgments 291
Index 293
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