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The New Ethnicity, Religious Survival, and Jewish Identity: The "Judaisms" of Our Newest Members

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Publication Date: January 1979

Publisher(s): Central Conference of American Rabbis

Author(s): David Ellenson

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: American Jews; Jewish identification; Identity formation

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The religious beliefs, practices and identity of the post-World War II generation of American Jews mirror developments in general American culture and religious life during the last few decades. The transformations in American's attitudes toward both ethnicity and religion are of greatest import to the American Jewish community. I propose to rehearse these general developments within American life and reflect upon how they have reacted upon the Jewish commitment and identity of American young adults.