American Jewish Identity Politics by Deborah Dash Moore

By Deborah Dash Moore

"Displays the complete diversity of proficient, 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 positive factors of yank Jewish lifestyles within the moment 1/2 the 20th century."---Beth S. Wenger, Katz kin affiliate Professor of yank Jewish historical past and Director of the Jewish stories application, collage of Pennsylvania Written by way of students who grew up after global battle II and the Holocaust who participated in political struggles within the Sixties and Seventies and who articulated a few of the formative suggestions of contemporary Jewish experiences, this anthology offers a window into an period of social swap. those women and men are one of the top students of Jewish historical past, society and culture. The quantity is geared up round contested issues in American Jewish existence: the Holocaust and global conflict II, spiritual pluralism and authenticity, intermarriage and Jewish continuity. hence, it deals one of many few possibilities for college students 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 middle for Judaic experiences and Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of heritage on the collage of Michigan.

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On the American Jewish Committee, see Naomi Cohen, Not Free to Desist: A History of the American Jewish Committee, I906-I966 (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1972),333-39; on the American Jewish Congress, see Dollinger, "The Politics of Acculturation," 154-55, 167-74; on the Anti-Defamation League, see Deborah Dash Moore, B'nai B'rith and the Challenge of Ethnic Leadership (Albany: SUNY Press, 1981), 123-33, 228-30. 6. During the twenty years after the war, one out of three American Jews moved to the suburbs.

S. C. Kohs, "Jewish War Records of World War II," American Jewish Year Book 47 (1946): 167; Isidor Kaufman, American Jews in World War II (New York: Dial, 1947), 1:349. This represented an average rate of participation. 28. Lucy S. Dawidowicz, On Equal Terms: Jews in America, I88I-I98I (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1982), 129. 29. Quoted in Moses Kligsberg, "American Jewish Soldiers on Jews and Judaism," YIVO Annual of Jewish Social Science 5 (1950): 264. 30. Quoted in Marianne Sanua, "From the Pages of the Victory Bulletin," YIVO Annual of Jewish Social Science 19 (1990): 308.

Most of us were kind of insulated," Abe Shalo remembered; "we had very little knowledge of the rest of the country. Whatever we learned about the United States was for the most part from geography books .... "30 Jews acknowledged their surprise upon realizing how Protestant the United States was. They had mistaken the heavily Catholic cities of their childhoods for the entire country. Jews also discovered the diversity of the Jewish diaspora and how different Jews were from each other. 31 Stationed in Calcutta, India, David Macarov enjoyed hospitality for soldiers at "a weekly tea at the magnificent home of Lady Ezra, and a kosher chicken dinner" prepared each week by Mrs.

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