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Soviet Immigration: The Adolescent Experience

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Publication Date: June 1979

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

Author(s): Carole T. West

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 55-4

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Multiculturalism and cultural relations)
Population and demographics (Immigrants and aliens)

Keywords: Education; Family; Acculturation

Type: Report


The author discusses problems of acculturation common to Jewish immigrant children and parents from the Soviet Union. Many such children suffer from culture shock, family breakdown, and attitudes of mistrust and entitlement. Their parents may have a very poor understanding of the American educational system. The author argues that Jewish organizations should be aware of these unique problems so that they can design programs specifically for these adolescents and their parents.

In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, v.55 no.4, Summer 1979.