What is "Jewishness," How is it Transmitted? A Look at the Nature of a Centrist Jewish Organization
Publication Date: October 2001
Author(s): Ezra Kopelowitz
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Jewish Education; Jewish Identification; Community Relations; Israel Attachment
Coverage: United States
The author compares different perspectives on contemporary Jewish collective identity and explores the tension between boundary maintenance (the distinction between Jew and non-Jew) and the search for meaning. He examines the concept of Jewishness as it relates to the structure of social relationships through an analysis of the Department of Jewish Zionist Education of the Jewish Agency. He finds ideological changes taking place at the organizational level to be connected with processes of macro social change.