Is Assimilation All that Bad?

By Bethamie Horowitz

Forward Association, December 17, 2004

The author discusses the shift between the overall acceptance of Jewish assimilation in the early 20th century, and the negative sentiments toward assimilation in the current Jewish community. The author asserts that in the early 1900s, the assimilation of Jews in the United States was met with enthusiasm primarily because they shedding their traditional Jewish identity to become American. The author moves on to assert that today, a rising number of traditional Jews are afraid that this assimilation negatively affects and diminishes one's connection to Judaism.

Topic: Continuity, Acculturation, Jewish Continuity, Identity Formation, Values

Name of Publication: Jewish Daily Forward

Editor: Goldberg, J.J.

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Genre: Newspaper

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Horowitz, Bethamie. Is Assimilation All that Bad?. Jewish Daily Forward. Forward Association. 17 December 2004: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=3833


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