Jewish Political Activism: Promoting Ethnic Identity and Group Survival

Publication Date: January 1992

Publisher: Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Lawrence Sternberg

Research Area: Culture and religion; Politics

Keywords: Outreach; Political Behavior; Jewish Identification

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Jewish political activism, an essential element in the Jewish community relations enterprise, is, for many American Jews, the embodiment of Jewishness. Therefore, Jewish community relations agencies, as well as other Jewish institutions, should tap into that reservoir of Jewishness to involve Jews in political activities that they find meaningful as Jews. To broaden the base of Jews involved in Jewish political affairs, the roles of lay leaders and the Jewish political agenda must both be expanded.