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Changing Conceptions of Political Life and Their Implications for American Judaism

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Publication Date: January 1981

Publisher(s): Bar-Ilan University Press

Author(s): Charles S. Liebman

Series: Comparative Jewish Politics: Public Life in Israel and the Diaspora, Sam N. Lehman & Bernard Susser

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Jewish identification; Demography; Political Behavior; Generational Issues

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The author argues that dramatic changes have occurred among Jews with enormous potential consequence for the structure of American Jewish life. He contends that national Jewish communal leaders and young American Jews have radically different perceptions of reality. These differences, he argues, characterize two major age and generational groupings which compromise American Jewry. The author generalizes the differences between first and second generation American Jews on one hand, and third generation American Jews on the other.