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From Ethnic to Spiritual: A Tale of Four Generations

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Publication Date: January 1995

Publisher(s): Synagogue 3000 (Project)

Author(s): Lawrence A. Hoffman

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (History)

Keywords: Spirituality; Demography; History; Congregations

Type: Other

Coverage: United States


The author explores the American Jewish experience through the lens of four generations roughly corresponding to those who left their mark in the 1870s, the 1910s, the 1950s and the 1990s. The author outlines major themes of these generations, respectively, as (1) founding; (2) protecting peoplehood; (3) suburbs and survival; and (4) seeking spirituality.