The American Orthodox Jewish Housewife: A Generational Study in Ethnic Survival
Publication Date: January 1980
Publisher(s): Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry
Author(s): Blanche Frank
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: American Jews; Demography; Family
Coverage: United States
In Contemporary Jewry 5/2, 55-65.This study has explored the cultural dynamism within American Jewish Orthodoxy via the experiences of three generations of Orthodox house-wives. Examining the force of Americanization on its early period and the revitalization of traditional Judaic commitment in its more recent period, the study concluded that the second generation, in both organizational acumen and effectiveness of third-generation socialization, was pivotal to this unfolding. The Americanization of the second generation did not operate as a deterrent, but as a comfortable context into which the third-generation has maintained a vital, traditional Judaic commitment.