By Deborah Dash Moore
"Displays the total diversity of knowledgeable, considerate opinion at the position of Jews within the American politics of identity."---David A. Hollinger, Preston Hotchkis Professor of yankee heritage, collage of California, Berkeley "A interesting anthology whose essays crystallize the main salient gains of yankee Jewish existence within the moment half the 20 th century."---Beth S. Wenger, Katz relatives affiliate Professor of yankee Jewish heritage and Director of the Jewish experiences application, college of Pennsylvania Written via students who grew up after international battle II and the Holocaust who participated in political struggles within the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies and who articulated the various formative strategies of recent Jewish reviews, this anthology presents a window into an period of social swap. those women and men are one of the major students of Jewish background, society and culture. The quantity is prepared round contested issues in American Jewish lifestyles: the Holocaust and international battle II, non secular pluralism and authenticity, intermarriage and Jewish continuity. therefore, it deals one of many few possibilities for college students to profit approximately those debates from player scholars. Contributors:Hasia R. DinerArnold M. EisenSylvia Barack FishmanArthur GreenJeffrey GurockPaula E. HymanEgon MayerAlvin H. RosenfeldJonathan D. SarnaStephen J. Whitfield Deborah sprint Moore is Director of the Jean and Samuel Frankel middle for Judaic experiences and Frederick G. L. Huetwell Professor of heritage on the college of Michigan.
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Fisher, "Jewish Organizational Leaders, the Jewish Laity, and Non-Jewish Neighbors in Los Angeles: A Demographic and Socio-Political Comparison," Wilstein Institute Research Report, fall 1993, iv-v. 80. Douglas Feiden, "Jewish Charities Turn to Priorities at Home," The Forward, March 25, 1994, 4. 81. Abraham G. Duker, "Emerging Culture Patterns in American Jewish Life," in The Jewish Experience in America, ed. Abraham J. Karp (New York: Ktav, 1969), 5:402, observed as early as 1950 a trend among Reform and secular Yiddishists to adopt the bar mitzvah ceremony.
As a GI, I wasn't going to take shit from anybody," Joseph Bensman recalled. " As the future sociologist knew, "lots of personal abuse was built into the system. "39 Jews in the armed services understood that they had the right as Americans to oppose anti-Semitism. Some contended that as they approached the battlefield, anti-Semitism declined and that it disappeared completely under the pressure of battle. The teenage Leon Uris wrote to his father in 1944 that he "fought beside When Jews Were GIs 31 Catholics, Protestants and Mormons, Indians, Irish, Italians, Poles.
In the metropolitan milieu, even the secular worlds of work, commerce, and recreation reflected Jewish associations. Special sales in local stores coincided with Jewish holidays like Rosh Hashanah or Passover, promoting patterns of consumption linked to Judaism. Strikes in Jewish industries, especially the garment trades, resonated throughout the streets of Jewish neighborhoods. 16 When Jews Were GIs 27 Just as young Jews were aware of a Jewish world, they were similarly conscious of discrimination and prejudice.
American Jewish Identity Politics by Deborah Dash Moore