Jewish Identity, Continuity, and Outreach: Some Theoretical and Personal Reflections

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Publisher: Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): David P. Kleinman

Research Area: Culture and religion; Social conditions

Keywords: Jewish Identification; Identity Formation; Religion

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Jewish continuity and outreach cannot be understood without a clarification of the term "Jewish identity," which can be seen as a struggle for inner coherence and wholeness in the face of the fragmentation imposed by modernity. The concept of Jewish identity can best be understood by a qualitative approach that incorporates values and world view. This article presents such a framework for Jewish identity.