Representing American-Jewish Acculturation: Reflections on the Photography of Frederic Brenner

By Simon Schama

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), 1997

The author reflects on the photography of Frederic Brenner in order to discuss the formation of American Jewish Identity. He explains that American Jews want to be part of America as well as apart from America. They want both to remember and to forget; they want to be free to live the individualism that is the promise of America, yet they want to remain linked to their people. The author argues that these competing desires are embodied in the psychic formation of American-Jewish identity; in the evolving customs and manners of ordinary social life; and in the formal institutions that comprise the organized Jewish community.

Topic: History, Artistic Expression, Acculturation, Community Relations, Identity Formation

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.62/No.1

Page Number(s): 85-88

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Schama, Simon. Representing American-Jewish Acculturation: Reflections on the Photography of Frederic Brenner. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). 1997: 85-88. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4581


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