Publication Date: January 1989
Publisher: Institute of Contemporary Jewry
Author(s): Hannah Kliger
Research Area: Culture and religion; Population and demographics
Keywords: World Jews; Immigration; Jewish organizations
The examination of patterns of participation in Jewish ethnic voluntary associations known as landsmanshaftn, makes it possible to trace and interpret paths of ethnic affiliation taken by Jewish immigrants in their new countries of settlement. The purpose of the article is to understand the apparent role of these organizations as vehicles of cultural continuity and change, in order to elucidate the changing meaning of ethnicity and the process by which the boundaries of the ethnic group are shaped and transform.
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