Publication Date: January 1979
Publisher: Central Conference of American Rabbis
Author(s): David Ellenson
Research Area: Culture and religion
Keywords: American Jews; Jewish identification; Identity formation
Coverage: United States
The religious beliefs, practices and identity of the post-World War II generation of American Jews mirror developments in general American culture and religious life during the last few decades. The transformations in American's attitudes toward both ethnicity and religion are of greatest import to the American Jewish community. I propose to rehearse these general developments within American life and reflect upon how they have reacted upon the Jewish commitment and identity of American young adults.