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Publication Date: March 1980

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

Author(s): Leivy Smolar

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 56-3

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Jewish identification; Culture; History

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The author examines the historical development of Jewish self-conception, from an all-encompassing national identity to modern conceptions such as a religious or ethnic sub-group within wider non-Jewish milieus. He advocates a revitalization of the original conception of the Jewish people as an Am, a nation.

In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, v.56 no.3, Spring 1980.