New Jewish Identities

ISBN: 
978-963-9241-62-6
cloth
$49.95 / €42.95 / £37.00
Publication date: 
2003
388 pages

A unique collection of essays that deal with the intriguing and complex problems connected to the question of Jewish identity in the contemporary world. Based on a conference held in Budapest, Hungary in July 2001, it analyzes and compares how Jews conceive of their Jewishness. Do they see it in mostly religious, cultural or ethnic terms? What are the policy implications of these views and how have they been evolving? What do they portend for the future of world Jewry?
The authors present new data from west European and post-Communist countries (Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Ukraine) and re-interpret data from other European countries as well as from Israel and the United States, making this a truly comprehensive, comparative and contemporary work.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Jacqueline Goldberg, Social Identity in British and South African Jewry
2. Barry Kosmin, Religious Identity in the Social and Political Arena: An Examination of the Attitudes of Orthodox and Progressive Jews in the UK
3. Stephen Miller, Changing Patterns of Jewish Identity Among British Jews
4. Regine Azria, A Typological Approach to French Jewry
5. Lars Dencik, “Jewishness” in Post-Modernity: The Case of Sweden
6. Zvi Gitelman, Becoming Jewish in Russia and Ukraine
7. John Klier, The Jewish Press and Jewish Identity: Leningrad/St. Petersburg, 1989-1992
8. Malka Korazim and Esther Katz, Patterns of Jewish Identity in the Jewish Community of Moldova: The Behavioral Dimension
9. Judith Deutsch Kornblatt, Jewish Identity and the Orthodox Church in Late Soviet Russia
10. Alanna Cooper, Looking Out for One’s Own Identity: Central Asian Jews in the Wake of Communism
11. Andras Kovacs, Jewish Groups and Identity Strategies in Post-Communist Hungary
12. Marius Gudonis, Particularizing the Universal: New Polish Jewish Identities and a New Framework of Analysis
13. Claire Rosenson, Polish Jewish Institutions in Transition: Personalities Over Process
14. Charles Liebman, Jewish Identity in the United States and Israel
15. Jonathan Webber, Notes Towards the Definition of Jewish Culture in the New Europe
16. Charles Liebman, Jewish Identity in Transition: Transformation or Attenuation?

"The topic "identity" in particular "Jewish identity" is very much discussed nowadays and this volume makes a genuine contribution to the discussion. I read through the articles in a couple of days with unflagging interest."