In recent years the Jewish Communal Affairs Department of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) have jointly sponsored a project designed to explore the psychodynamics of Jewish identity. This study sought to discover the factors involved in the psychodynamics of Jewish identity and how they contribute to or detract from a sense of Jewish identity in Jewish adults. Motivated by the results of this joint study and a growing concern for the apparent erosion of Jewish identity in America, the AJC and CCAR planned a Consultation on the "Psychodynamics of Jewish Identity." It brought together scholars and practitioners engaged in research and study related to identity formation for a discussion of their methodology and findings. A pluralistic dimension was given to the discussion by the inclusion of papers describing the perceptions of identity in the Black, Italian and Irish communities. The main focus, however, was on the results of several ongoing research projects dealing with Jewish identity based on a variety of methodological approaches.
The hope is that the proceedings of this Consultation will serve as a springboard for more intensive study, for innovative efforts and for the sharing of wisdom by psychologists, sociologists and practitioners who have learned first hand about the importance of an authentic, integrated personal identity to the health of the individual and the continuity of the group.
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Rosen, Gladys. Kelman, Herbert C. Friedman, Edwin H. Staley, Arlinda. Femminella, Frank. Sandberg, Neil C. Palnick, Elijah E. Greeley, Andrew. Danieli, Yael. Herman, Simon. Consultation on the Psychodynamics of Jewish Identity: Summary of Proceedings. American Jewish Committee (AJC),Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). March 1981: