Choosing Chosenness in America: The Changing Faces of Judaism

By Arnold Eisen

NYU Press, 2009

The author reflects on the possibility of a Jewish hyphenated identity, with the Jewish person remaining apart from American society at the same time as he or she moves to become a full part of it. Specifically, according to the author, the very presence (or existence) of the hyphenated identity necessitated the interrogation of Judaism and Jewishness, and called for the construction of new meanings for Americanness. As such, the author's stated purpose is to reflect on these themes by drawing on recent research on American Jewish identity, and through delving into recent writing on American religion and ethnicity more broadly.

Topic: History, Culture, Jewish Identification, Ethnicity, Integration, Religion

Name of Publication: Immigration and Religion in America: Comparative and Historical Perspectives

Editor: Alba, Richard , DeWind, Josh , Raboteau, Albert J.

Page Number(s): 224-245

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Genre: Book Chapter

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Eisen, Arnold. Choosing Chosenness in America: The Changing Faces of Judaism. Immigration and Religion in America: Comparative and Historical Perspectives. NYU Press. 2009: 224-245. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5593


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