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By Calvin Goldscheider

ISBN-10: 0295983884

ISBN-13: 9780295983882

"Studying the Jewish destiny" explores the facility of Jewish tradition and assesses the perceived threats to the coherence and dimension of Jewish groups within the usa, Europe, and Israel. In an unconventional and provocative argument, Calvin Goldscheider departs from the restricting imaginative and prescient of the demographic projections that experience formed predictions concerning the overall healthiness and way forward for Jewish groups and asserts that "the caliber of Jewish lifestyles has develop into the foremost to the way forward for Jewish communities."Through the lens of person biographies, Goldscheider indicates how context shapes Jewish senses of the long run and the way conceptions of the longer term are formed and adjusted by means of lifestyles reports. Goldscheider's certain comparative strategy encompasses a severe assessment of inhabitants matters, a attention of biographies as a foundation for knowing Jewish values, and an research of biblical texts for learning modern values. He combines demographic and sociological analyses in historic and comparative views to dispel the proposal that quantitative concerns are on the middle of the problem of Jewish continuity sooner or later. Numbers are sincerely the construction blocks of neighborhood. however the interpretations of those demographic matters are usually complicated and biased by means of ideological preconceptions. As a foundation for learning the center subject matters of the Jewish destiny, "hard proof" are much less "hard" and no more "factual" than interpreters have made them out to be.Population projections are restricted through the imaginative and prescient of these who organize them. Goldscheider concludes that the futures of Jewish groups - in the USA, Europe, and Israel - are even more safe than has been awarded in such a lot scholarly and well known courses, and discussions in regards to the Jewish destiny may still shift to different styles of strong point. This e-book will attract the overall Jewish reader in addition to to social scientists and sleek Jewish historians. it really is acceptable for Jewish stories classes, fairly, yet now not completely, these targeting Jews within the usa, the yank Jewish group, and sleek Jewish society, and in classes on ethnicity, multiculturalism, cultural range, and ethnic family members.

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Haven’t we been presented with highlights of many studies that emphasize the unprecedentedly high intermarriage rates that seem to threaten the Jewish community’s survival? Haven’t we experienced Jewish intermarriages among our families, our children, and our friends? In the reporting of Jewish communal leaders, the numbers seem to convey that the younger generations are not getting married, or are marrying too late to have children of their own, or are marrying those who were not born Jewish. And those who do marry seem to be divorcing in record numbers.

It is, I submit, poor social science and ideologically driven history. The ashes of six million Jews destroyed in Europe and the sparks that reignited Jewish political control of Israel provided memory and anchors of identity to Jews everywhere at the end of the twentieth century. But beyond these historical convulsions, my question about the future of American Jewish communities relates to issues of social and cultural strengths within those communities. Are there internal communal dynamics that are sources of strength and that make survival as an American Jewish community worthwhile and desirable?

That is, the proportion of Jews connected to the intermarried is larger than the proportion who actually make up intermarried couples. Hardly a Jewish household in the United States has not experienced intermarriage through a family member, a neighbor, or a friend. , EUROPE, AND ISRAEL have not been affected directly by intermarriage are therefore concerned about the future shape of the Jewish community in American society. The increase in intermarriage such that it now encompasses most of the Jewish community has been the critical family transformation among American Jews over the last several decades.

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