A People Divided: Judaism in Contemporary America

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BasicBooks, 1993 - Religion - 267 pages
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Studies American Jews as a religious group, rather than an ethnic group, discussing the history, philosophy, and vital statistics of each of the major branches--Reform, Orthodox, Conservative, and Reconstructionist; the conflicts among rival groups; patterns of religious behavior and how they correlate with broader trends in American life; and such issues as rampant intermarriage and declining rates of affiliation among younger Jews. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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A PEOPLE DIVIDED: Judaism in Contemporary America

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A thoughtful but short-sighted study of a precariously splintered American Jewry. Wertheimer (Unwelcome Strangers, 1987) uses his background history professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary ... Read full review


The Turbulent Sixties
The Drift toward Religious Minimalism
Expressions of Popular Religious Revival

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About the author (1993)

Jack Wertheimerholds the Joseph and Martha Mendelson Chair in American Jewish History at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he also directs the Joseph and Miriam Ratner Center for the Study of Conservative Judaism. He is the author of "Unwelcome Strangers: East European Jews in Imperial Germany" and is completing a book on the transformation of American Judaism in the second half of the twentieth century. He is also the editor of "The American Synagogue: A Sanctuary Transformed and The Uses of Tradition: Jewish Continuity in the Modern Era".

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