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The Present State of Jewish Identity in Israel and the U.S.

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Publication Date: January 1976

Publisher(s): Jewish Agency for Israel

Author(s): Charles S. Liebman

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Jewish Identification; Jewish Unity; Values; Religion

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The author discusses Jewish identity in terms of how one defines Judaism, and how intense an individual's sense of Jewish identity is. In Israel, he finds a sense of Jewish identity to be separate from religion, and an increasing overlap in Israeli and Jewish identity. In the United States, he finds Jewish identity to be more tied to religion and a sense of kinship with other Jews. He notes cultural and linguistic differences in definitions.