Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Introduction

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pp. 1-20

Identity politics exploded in the United States in the 1970s. Awakened by student activists in the civil rights movement and the New Left, the politics of identity responded to the rise of black power. Feminism’s insight that the personal is political...

The Politics of Holocaust Identity

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When Jews Were GIs: How World War II Changed a Generation and Remade American Jewry

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pp. 23-44

It is a commonly accepted, if rarely explored, truism that World War II marked a turning point for American Jews. Everyone knows that after the war American Jews moved to the suburbs, entered the professions, achieved a secure middle-class...

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The Americanization of the Holocaust

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pp. 45-82

Sixty years after the end of World War II, how do we look back upon and understand that catastrophic event? In particular, what do we make of the almost total devastation of European Jewry brought on by Hitler and his collaborators?...

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Before “The Holocaust”: American Jews Confront Catastrophe, 1945–62

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pp. 83-116

In the decade and a half following the end of World War II, that global con›agration which brought about the death of one-third of the Jewish people and the destruction of much of European Jewish communal life, American Jewry found many...

Religious Identities in Public and Private

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Rethinking American Judaism

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pp. 119-138

My aim in this essay is to report on research conducted, and on re›ection undertaken, in the course of three related projects, research, and re›ection that have thus far resulted in several publications but have not, until now, yielded a synthesis intended...

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American Judaism in Historical Perspective / Jonathan D. Sarna

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pp. 139-158

Thirty years ago, when I ‹rst became interested in American Jewish history, I mentioned my interest to a scholar at a distinguished rabbinical seminary, and he was absolutely appalled. “American Jewish history?” he growled. “I’ll tell you all that you...

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From Fluidity to Rigidity: The Religious Worlds of Conservative and Orthodox Jews in Twentieth-Century America

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pp. 159-206

By the close of the century, it had become clear that most Conservative and Orthodox Jews in America were living increasingly within two very different religious worlds. More than any other time in their history in this country, the minority...

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New Directions in Jewish Theology in America

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pp. 207-217

Theology has not been the creative forte of the Jewish people throughout most of the last century. We have been too busily engaged in the process of surviving to have had the energy to devote to sustained religious re›ection. We have struggled to find...

Identity Politics

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Jewish Feminism Faces the American Women’s Movement: Convergence and Divergence

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pp. 221-242

The Jewish feminist movement has transformed the public space of American Jewry. Distinct from American feminism, the “Jewish feminist movement” does not consist of the totality of women of Jewish origin who are active in American feminism....

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The Paradoxes of American Jewish Culture

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pp. 243-266

Perhaps no fin de si

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A Demographic Revolution in American Jewry

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pp. 267-300

In his erudite and entertaining pro‹le of Jewish elites in England from the mid-seventeenth century to the prewar decades of the twentieth, Todd Endelman illustrates an apparently inexorable process in the Jewish encounter with tolerant Christian..

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Relatively Speaking: Constructing Identity in Jewish and Mixed-Married Families

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pp. 301-319

Concepts such as ethnicity and religious difference, which once seemed determining and solidly significant factors in people’s lives, are today “a matter not of essence but of choices,” a voluntary and perhaps even an “artificial”...

Contributors

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pp. 321-322

Index

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pp. 323-336