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Publication Date: January 2002

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

Author(s): Rela Mintz Geffen

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Social conditions (Community life and organization)

Keywords: American Jews; Residential mobility

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

In Contemporary Jewry 23, 64-71. The article analyses the influence Jewish social networks have over identity and participation in Jewish activities. The author suggests to reconsider the neighborhood asking whether propinquity automatically fosters common identity or is it commonality of interest and values that do so? The author also questions whether Jewish friendship circles might influence further Jewish involvement in a time where 'virtual reality has become the real thing.'