Persistence and Flexibility: Anthropological Perspectives on the American Jewish Experience

Persistence and Flexibility: Anthropological Perspectives on the American Jewish Experience

Persistence and Flexibility: Anthropological Perspectives on the American Jewish Experience

Persistence and Flexibility: Anthropological Perspectives on the American Jewish Experience

Synopsis

Using a variety of anthropological approaches, the authors illustrate how the Jewish identity has persisted in the United States despite great subcultural variation and a wide range of adaptations. Within the various essays, attention is given to both mainstream Jews and to the Hasidim, Yemenites, Indian Sephardim, Soviet Emigres, and Jews for Jesus. Institutions such as the family, the school, and the synagogue, are considered through techniques of participation/ observation and in archeological research. Persistence and Flexibility provides a means of viewing the Jewish community through the prism of key events, or rituals, and symbols."
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