Jewish Peoplehood

By Barbara Lerner Spectre

United Jewish Communities (UJC), November 2007

While the rest of the Jewish world faces assimilation and apathy, Spectre draws our attention to Central and Eastern Europe where she discusses the resurgence in the desire to be Jewish among youth. Having grown up under the assumption they were non-Jews, only finding out later in life they were, in fact, Jewish, the author describes this generation of youth as anomalous and lacking the basic ingredients that normally constitute Jewish identity. Ultimately, she argues that the Jewish community must take notice of this European phenomenon, which could expand our understanding of Jewish peoplehood and Jewish vitality.

Topic: Peoplehood, Youth, Culture, Communism, Jewish Identification, Assimilation

Name of Publication: The Peoplehood Papers

Editor: Corbin, Karen , Levine, Eric , Most, Gabe , Plotkin, Andrea Fram

Volume/Issue: Volume 1

Page Number(s): 14-17

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Genre: Essay

Coverage: Europe

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Lerner Spectre, Barbara. Jewish Peoplehood. The Peoplehood Papers. United Jewish Communities (UJC). November 2007: 14-17. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=11758


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