In the Footsteps of Ruth: A Sociological Analysis of Converts to Judaism in America

Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, 1989

 No consideration has been given to a model of conversion in which the convert's relationship to the larger faith community is both stimulated and reinforced by more intimate, primary group ties, namely family ties. The study seeks to demonstrate that: a) Conversion is a significant feature of modern American Jewish life; b) It results from certain family relationships that appear to be quite independent of the personal psychological dispositions of the persons involved; c) The Jewishness of the convert appears to be more a point along a continuum of becoming Jewish, rather than a sharp point that demarcates Jew from non-Jew fully.

Topic: Identity Formation

Name of Publication: Jewish Population Studies (Papers in Jewish Demography)

Volume/Issue: 25

Page Number(s): 172-184

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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In the Footsteps of Ruth: A Sociological Analysis of Converts to Judaism in America. Jewish Population Studies (Papers in Jewish Demography). Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry. 1989: 172-184. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=2862


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