Signposts of American Jewish Identity

By Lawrence Rubin

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Fall 2001

This article explores signposts of American Jewish identity. The author discusses many different aspects of Jewish identity: how in time of distress Jews seek emotional connections with other Jews, the importance of support systems, the integration and assimilation into American society, Israel as a sustaining characteristic of Jewish identity, symptoms and causes of changing identity patterns, and the new realities of Jewish identity in America. The author argues that integration into America does not necessarily lead to the loss of Jewish distinctiveness, and that for an overwhelming majority, Jewish identity is wed to American identity.

Topic: Immigration, Jewish Identification, Acculturation, Israel Attachment, Assimilation

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.65/No.1

Page Number(s): 7-16.

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Rubin, Lawrence. Signposts of American Jewish Identity. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Fall 2001: 7-16..


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