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Among the Christmas People

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Publisher(s): National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.)

Author(s): Vanessa L. Ochs

Series: CLAL on Culture Archive

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Cultural heritage and preservation)
Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Jewish Continuity; Intermarriage; Assimilation; Values

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


The author recounts her experience at a Christmas observance with interfaith family members, describing the phenomenon of American Jews who "do" Christmas (as differentiated from "celebrating" it). She questions Jewish parochialism and the boundaries of American assimilation.