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Patterns of Identification and Integration with Jewish Americans Among Israeli Immigrants in Chicago: Variations Across Status and Generation

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Publication Date: January 1995

Publisher(s): Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry

Author(s): Natan Uriely

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Population and demographics (Immigrants and aliens)

Keywords: American Jews; Immigration

Type: Report

Coverage: Illinois


In Contemporary Jewry 16, 27-49. This article examines the relationship of one set of newcomer immigrants to their potential "proximal host group" in the United States. Specifically, the relationship of recent higher status and lower status Israeli immigrants in Chicago and their children to Jewish Americans is examined. Field work including in-depth interviews and participant observation indicates that lower status Israeli immigrants seek to identify with Jewish Americans and to integrate into the Jewish American community. They differ from their higher status counterparts and the second generation offspring of both status groups who reject such identification and integration.