American Jewish Identity Politics by Deborah Dash Moore

By Deborah Dash Moore

"Displays the total diversity of knowledgeable, considerate opinion at the position of Jews within the American politics of identity."---David A. Hollinger, Preston Hotchkis Professor of yank historical past, college of California, Berkeley "A interesting anthology whose essays crystallize the main salient beneficial properties of yankee Jewish lifestyles within the moment 1/2 the 20 th century."---Beth S. Wenger, Katz kinfolk affiliate Professor of yankee Jewish background and Director of the Jewish reviews application, college of Pennsylvania Written through students who grew up after international warfare II and the Holocaust who participated in political struggles within the Sixties and Nineteen Seventies and who articulated some of the formative thoughts of contemporary Jewish reports, this anthology presents a window into an period of social switch. those women and men are one of the best students of Jewish heritage, society and culture. The quantity is equipped round contested issues in American Jewish lifestyles: the Holocaust and international warfare II, spiritual pluralism and authenticity, intermarriage and Jewish continuity. therefore, it deals one of many few possibilities for college kids to benefit approximately those debates from player scholars. Contributors:Hasia R. DinerArnold M. EisenSylvia Barack FishmanArthur GreenJeffrey GurockPaula E. HymanEgon MayerAlvin H. RosenfeldJonathan D. SarnaStephen J. Whitfield Deborah sprint Moore is Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel heart for Judaic reports and Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of historical past on the college of Michigan.

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Special sales in local stores coincided with Jewish holidays like Rosh Hashanah or Passover, promoting patterns of consumption linked to Judaism. Strikes in Jewish industries, especially the garment trades, resonated throughout the streets of Jewish neighborhoods. 16 When Jews Were GIs 27 Just as young Jews were aware of a Jewish world, they were similarly conscious of discrimination and prejudice. "Almost every Chicago boy born into the 1930S Depression and the pre-World War II years had a Siamese twin brother: fear.

Gus Tyler, "The Intellectual and the ILGWU," in Rosenberg and Goldstein, Creators and Disturbers, 174-75. 68. Gotbaum, "New York Labor Movement," 250. 69. Baron, "What War Has Meant," 507. 70. Henry L. Feingold, A Time for Searching: Entering the Mainstream, I920-I945 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992), 251-59; Stember, "Public Attitudes," 78-85. 71. "Historical Statement," Conference on Science, Philosophy and Religion, Joseph and Miriam Ratner Center for the Study of Conservative Judaism, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York.

12 Kate Simon knew that Italian immigrants lived on the east side of LaFontaine Street but she considered them "just Jews who didn't talk Yiddish. "13 Comfortable in their own world, New York Jews rarely ventured outside of it. "14 The organized Jewish community in northeastern and Midwestern cities presented a picture of institutional completeness. Schools of all types-religious, congregational, communal, Zionist, Yiddishist, socialist, communist-and of all levels-elementary, secondary, vocational, college, teacher training, graduate-flourished or expected to flourish.

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