Survival Through Integration: American Reform Jewish Universalism And The Holocaust

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BRILL, 2005 - Social Science - 178 pages
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The book focuses on the most prominent exponents of the universalistic ideology of American Reform Judaism in the 1930s and 1940s. Those who attempted to maintain unquestioning fealty to the principles of universalistic Reform, even in view of the disheartening realities of the Holocaust, are the heroes of the plot that unfolds here. The way they struggled for their beliefs should be viewed as a point of departure for a more general discussion of the challenge posed by the Holocaust to the modern Jewish belief in the possibility and desirability of full cultural and social Jewish integration into non-Jewish society at large.
 

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Contents

Before the Universalistic Coping Pattern Coalesced
11
B Universalistic Coping Patterns Start to Form
19
Transformation of the Universalistic Perspective into a Jewish Existential Ideology
33
B The Eretz Israel Connection Aggravates an Internal Jewish Threat
41
Jewish Culture and Zionism as seen by Veteran American Jews
53
B Julian Morgenstern Encounters Jewish Culture and Zionism
64
C An Escalating Threat to the Universalistic Jewish Sense of Belonging
76
D The Complexion of the AntiZionist Struggle Begins to Change
85
B The Dual Challenge of UltraParticularistic and UltraUniversalistic Responses
107
C In the Eye of the Storm
114
The Reform and American Jewish Context of the Universalistic Coping Pattern
125
B Americanizing the Response to Antisemitism
139
C A Coping Pattern or an Escape Mechanism?
147
The Universalistic Reform Pattern from a Historical Perspective
159
Sources and Bibliography
169
Index of Names and Concepts
175

Intensifying Threats
99

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Ofer Shiff is the head of the Ben Gurion Research Institute in Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He has published extensively on issues related to the challenge posed by antisemitism and the Holocaust as seen by various Jewish group in Israel and the United States.

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