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American Jewish Identity Politics
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Displays the full range of informed, thoughtful opinion on the place of Jews in the American politics of identity. ---David A. Hollinger, Preston Hotchkis Professor of American History, University of California, Berkeley "A fascinating anthology whose essays crystallize the most salient features of American Jewish life in the second half of the twentieth century." ---Beth S. Wenger, Katz Family Associate Professor of American Jewish History and Director of the Jewish Studies Program, University of Pennsylvania Written by scholars who grew up after World War II and the Holocaust who participated in political struggles in the 1960s and 1970s and who articulated many of the formative concepts of modern Jewish studies, this anthology provides a window into an era of social change. These men and women are among the leading scholars of Jewish history, society and culture. The volume is organized around contested themes in American Jewish life: the Holocaust and World War II, religious pluralism and authenticity, intermarriage and Jewish continuity. Thus, it offers one of the few opportunities for students to learn about these debates from participant scholars. Contributors: Hasia R. Diner Arnold M. Eisen Sylvia Barack Fishman Arthur Green Jeffrey Gurock Paula E. Hyman Egon Mayer Alvin H. Rosenfeld Jonathan D. Sarna Stephen J. Whitfield Deborah Dash Moore is Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies and Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of History at the University of Michigan.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. The Politics of Holocaust Identity
  2. p. 21
  1. When Jews Were GIs: How World War II Changed a Generation and Remade American Jewry
  2. pp. 23-44
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  1. The Americanization of the Holocaust
  2. pp. 45-82
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  1. Before “The Holocaust”: American Jews Confront Catastrophe, 1945–62
  2. pp. 83-116
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  1. Religious Identities in Public and Private
  2. pp. 117-118
  1. Rethinking American Judaism
  2. pp. 119-138
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  1. American Judaism in Historical Perspective / Jonathan D. Sarna
  2. pp. 139-158
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  1. From Fluidity to Rigidity: The Religious Worlds of Conservative and Orthodox Jews in Twentieth-Century America
  2. pp. 159-206
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  1. New Directions in Jewish Theology in America
  2. pp. 207-217
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  1. Identity Politics
  2. pp. 219-220
  1. Jewish Feminism Faces the American Women’s Movement: Convergence and Divergence
  2. pp. 221-242
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  1. The Paradoxes of American Jewish Culture
  2. pp. 243-266
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  1. A Demographic Revolution in American Jewry
  2. pp. 267-300
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  1. Relatively Speaking: Constructing Identity in Jewish and Mixed-Married Families
  2. pp. 301-319
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 321-322
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 323-336
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