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Review fo Race, Ethnicity, and Religion in American Jewish Identity: "The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and American Identity"

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Publication Date: October 2006

Publisher(s): Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Author(s): Chaim I. Waxman

Series: Jewish Political Studies Review, 18:3-4, Fall 2006.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Jewish identification; Publications; Race; History

Type: Book review

Coverage: United States


The author reviews "The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and American Identity" by Eric L. Goldstein. Goldstein asserts that American Jews' definition of the Jewish collectivity has undergone significant changes over the past two centuries, reflecting their varying sense of security in American society. Waxman compares Goldstein's view with that of Charles Liebman, asserting that both Goldstein and Liebman fail to appreciate that this issue transcends both American Jewish history and the paradigm of black-white racial categories; rather, Waxman asserts, the tensions of Jewish identity definition have been present throughout Jewish history.