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Jewish Identity and the Soviet Émigré Newcomer

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Publication Date: January 1989

Publisher(s): Conference of Jewish Communal Service (U.S.)

Author(s): Gayle Zahler

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 66:2

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Population and demographics (Immigrants and aliens)

Keywords: Jewish Outreach; Immigration; FSU

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The problem is not "how to make Jews" of newly arrived Soviet emigres but rather how to enable them to realize their strong desire to feel part of the American Jewish community. Jewish identity has many facets, and programs should be designed to address all of these dimensions. Equally important are efforts to enable American Jews and communal agencies to understand the population of Soviet emigres and how best to reach out to them.