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Whatever Happened to the Jewish People?

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Publication Date: June 2006

Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee

Author(s): Steven M. Cohen; Jack Wertheimer

Series: Commentary (June 2006), pp. 33-37

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Jewish Unity; Jewish Identification; Jewish Values; Fundraising and Philanthropy

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


The authors find mounting evidence of a weakened identification among American Jews with their fellow Jews abroad, as well as a waning sense of communal responsibility at home. They review historical patterns of Jewish engagement and unity and explore changing patterns and the effects of attitudinal shifts including marital and social patterns, and ethnic identification. They assert that the decline of Jewish peoplehood is symptomatic of a decline of morale and of national self-respect.