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How to Think About Being Jewish in the Twenty-First Century: a New Model of Jewish Identity Construction

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Publication Date: September 2002

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Tzvi Blanchard

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 79-1

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Jewish Identification; Jewish Continuity; Jewish Culture

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The prevailing models of Jewish identity, which were derived from the social circumstances of Jews as an immigrant group, do not take into account contemporary American culture, which is based on individual choice. The new model of identity construction makes choice its centerpiece and has important policy implications.

In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, v.79 no.1, Fall 2002.