Studying Jewish History: How does it help us understand Contemporary Jews and their Communities?

By Calvin Goldscheider

Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association, November 1987

The author arguess that social scientists who study contemporary Jewish communities do not focus enough on historical issues. He asserts that the awareness of history is an important step in understanding contemporary issues. The author goes on to state that the social scientific study of history requires one to compare the past systematically in order to isolate and identify continuities and commonalities along with change and differences. He concludes by emphasizing the uniqueness of American Jewish communities and by asserting that systematic historical understanding is vital for understanding the contemporary American Jewish community.

Topic: Methodology, History, Immigration, Judaic Studies, Jewish Studies

Name of Publication: Rhode Island Jewish Historical Notes

Editor: Fink, Michael

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Genre: Scholarly Journal

Coverage: Rhode Island

Identifier: 0556-3609

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Goldscheider, Calvin. Studying Jewish History: How does it help us understand Contemporary Jews and their Communities?. Rhode Island Jewish Historical Notes. Rhode Island Jewish Historical Association. November 1987: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=3865


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