American Jew: Voices from an American Jewish Community by Daniel Cohn-Sherbok, Lavinia Cohn-Sherbok
The American Jewish community is more influential than ever before. Who are these Jews? Do they speak with one voice? How have they become so rich and powerful? What do their non-Jewish neighbors think about them? American rabbi Dan Cohn-Sherbok and his wife. Lavinia, spent four months in a typical midwestern city finding the answers to these questions. Through more than one hundred engaging interviews, individuals from a broad spectrum of Jewish life--an Orthodox rabbi, a self-made millionaire, a doting grand- mother, an Auschwitz survivor, an eighteen-year-old debutante and many more--speak for themselves about their lives as American Jews.
The Cohn-Sherboks have produced a fascinating collection of self-portraits by a cross section of the American Jewish community as represented in one city. from the diverse rabbinic elites and Jewish professionals to those who have become "Jews by choice," everyone has a voice. Both those who know much about American Jewry today and those who would like to know more will find this study rewarding reading.