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How did Judaism, a religion so often defined by its minority status, attain equal footing in the trinity of Catholicism, Protestantism, and Judaism that now dominates modern American religious life?
THE AMERICANIZATION OF THE JEWS seeks out the effects of this evolution on both Jews in America and an America with Jews. Although English, French, and Dutch Jewries are usually considered the principal forerunners of modern Jewry, Jews have lived as long in North America as they have in post- medieval Britain and France and only sixty years less than in Amsterdam.
As one of the four especially creative Jewish communities that has helped re-shape and re-formulate modern Judaism, American Judaism is the most complex and least understood. German Jewry is recognized for its contribution to modern Jewish theology and philosophy, Russian and Polish Jewry is known for its secular influence in literature, and Israel clearly offers Judaism a new stance as a homeland. But how does one capture the interplay between America and Judaism?
Immigration to America meant that much of Judaism was discarded, and much was retained. Acculturation did not always lead to assimilation: Jewishness was honed as an independent variable in the motivations of many of its American adherents- -and has remained so, even though Jewish institutions, ideologies, and even Jewish values have been reshaped by America to such an degree that many Jews of the past might not recognize as Jewish some of what constitutes American Jewishness.
This collection of essays explores the paradoxes that abound in the America/Judaism relationship, focusing on such specific issues as Jews and American politics in the twentieth century, the adaptation of Jewish religious life to the American environment, the contributions and impact of the women's movement, and commentaries on the Jewish future in America.
|1||Introduction: The Ironies of American Jewish History||1|
|2||The View from the Old World: German-Jewish Perspectives||19|
|3||The View from the Old World: East European Jewish Perspectives||41|
|4||Jewish Writers on the New Diaspora||60|
|5||Movies in America as Paradigms of Accommodation||79|
|6||From Equality to Liberty: The Changing Political Culture of American Jews||97|
|7||Will Herberg's Path from Marxism to Judaism: A Case Study in the Transformation of Jewish Belief||119|
|8||The Anomalous Liberalism of American Jews||133|
|9||Liberalism, Judaism, and American Jews: A Response||144|
|10||Zionism and American Politics||151|
|11||Spiritual Zionists and Jewish Sovereignty||165|
|12||Zion in the Mind of the American Rabbinate during the 1940s||193|
|13||The Evolution of the American Synagogue||215|
|14||Consensus Building and Conflict over Creating the Young People's Synagogue of the Lower East Side||230|
|15||Jewish in Dishes: Kashrut in the New World||247|
|16||Feminism and American Reform Judaism||267|
|17||Ezrat Nashim and the Emergence of a New Jewish Feminism||284|
|18||Conservative Judaism: The Ethical Challenge of Feminist Change||296|
|19||The Ninth Siyum Ha-Shas: A Case Study in Orthodox Contra-Acculturation||311|
|20||Americanism and Judaism in the Thought of Mordecai M. Kaplan||339|
|21||The American Mission of Abraham Joshua Heschel||355|
|22||Modern Times and Jewish Assimilation||377|
|23||Jewish Continuity over Judaic Content: The Moderately Affiliated American Jew||395|
|24||From an External to an Internal Agenda||417|
|25||Jewish Survival, Antisemitism, and Negotiation with the Tradition||436|
|26||American Jewry in the Twenty-First Century: Strategies of Faith||451|