Among the Christmas People

By Vanessa L. Ochs

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, 2000

The author recounts her experience at a Christmas observance with interfaith family members, describing the phenomenon of American Jews who "do" Christmas (as differentiated from "celebrating" it). She questions Jewish parochialism and the boundaries of American assimilation.

Topic: Continuity, Intermarriage, Jewish Continuity, Values, Assimilation

Name of Publication: CLAL on Culture Archive

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Genre: Brief

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Ochs, Vanessa L. Among the Christmas People. CLAL on Culture Archive. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 2000:


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