Identity Politics - Kosher-Style

By Deborah Dash Moore

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, May 16, 1997

The author looks at Jewish identity politics in terms of the growing focus on exclusivity and the fear among certain Jews that American Jews are becoming too American. She goes on to challenge this notion by noting that American Judaism has always had a level of shallowness. She posits that this growing fear and movement may have been partially a result of the changes in American Jewish life which has brought women into communal leadership roles and the general widespread acceptance of egalitarianism among American Jews. Moore concludes by asserting that many American Jews are untouched by the wonders of Judaism and to focus on excluding them goes against what has been inspiring in the American Jewish past. She suggests that the Jewish marketplace of people and ideas should be kept open.

Topic: Gender, Jewish Identification, Pluralism, Assimilation

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Volume/Issue: vol.27/no.534

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: JFL Media

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Moore, Deborah Dash. Identity Politics - Kosher-Style. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 16 May 1997:


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