Assimilation and American Jews

By Lloyd P. Gartner

World Zionist Organization (WZO), Fall 1978

The author argues that there is no American Jewish history which does not involve assimilation. By assimilation he refers to the process of an individual or a group, usually a minority, taking on the values and practices of another individual or group, which is usually the majority. He states that assimilation is not a disease but a social process, that is necessary. It is hard even to imagine the Jews of the United States as individuals or as a community without some degree of assimilation. Obviously, the operative words are "some degree." What is that degree? What have those degrees been?

Topic: History, Acculturation, Judaic Studies, Jewish Studies, Assimilation

Name of Publication: Forum: on the Jewish People, Zionism, and Israel

Page Number(s): 10--20

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Gartner, Lloyd P. Assimilation and American Jews. Forum: on the Jewish People, Zionism, and Israel. World Zionist Organization (WZO). Fall 1978: 10--20. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=14054


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