Eastern Front: Israeli- and Russian-born immigrants are changing the face of American Jewry

By Liel Leibovitz

Nextbook, December 7, 2010

A new influx of Jewish immigrants is reshaping American Jewish life by offering a take on Jewish identity that is, for the most part, self-confident and secure. Many of these immigrants are Israeli; many more come from the former Soviet Union. For them, the familiar conundrums and existential challenges of intermarriage, dwindling synagogue attendance, and declining religious affiliation among young Jews are less important than a modern-day version of the stubborn old-school ethnic pride that the American Jewish community largely abandoned once the gates to mainstream American institutions swung open.

Topic: Israeli Jews, Russian Jews, Immigration, Jewish Identification, Acculturation, Ethnicity, Affiliation

Name of Publication: Tablet Magazine

Editor: Newhouse, Alana

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Leibovitz, Liel. Eastern Front: Israeli- and Russian-born immigrants are changing the face of American Jewry. Tablet Magazine. Nextbook. 7 December 2010: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8001


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