The Choices of a New Generation

Publication Date: July 2009

Publisher: National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.)

Author(s): Andrew Silow-Carroll

Research Area: Culture and religion

Keywords: Publications; Jewish Identification; Birth Cohorts; Empowerment

Type: Book review

Coverage: United States


The author reviews and sheds light on Lisa Schiffman's book on Jewish identity, "Generation J." In the book, Schiffman discusses how "Generation J, is moving away from Judaism because it is in search of clarity, and clear-cut answers from religion. While many in Generation J are frustrated with the ambiguity they feel from their religion, Schiffman asserts that this emotional ambiguity can be holy, because it is what makes us analyze the world around us, and leads us to figuring out our own identities.