Immigration and the Transformation of American Jews: Assimilation, Distinctiveness, and Community

By Calvin Goldscheider

NYU Press, 2009

The author focuses on the cultural and structural features of Jewish communities, the contexts and values that distinguish Jews from others, and the communities and families (rather than the individuals) as the units of theory and analysis in his attempt to assess the transformation of American Jewry. As such, Goldscheider begins by reviewing the formation of the American Jewish community, and the role of immigration at the turn of the 20th century in that process. Then, the author turns to the major changes in the quality of life that have characterized the community, including the changing stratification and family patterns of American Jews. Throughout the paper, Goldscheider discusses large issues such as Jewish occupation, education, and intermarriage. Ultimately, it is the author's conclusion that the commonalities of lifestyle, stratification and family are, and certainly will continue to be, the basis of the institutionalized construction of American Jewish culture.

Topic: Socioeconomic Status, History, Immigration, Family, Demography, Assimilation, Communal Organization

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

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

Page Number(s): 198-223

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Genre: Book Chapter

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Goldscheider, Calvin. Immigration and the Transformation of American Jews: Assimilation, Distinctiveness, and Community. Immigration and Religion in America: Comparative and Historical Perspectives. NYU Press. 2009: 198-223. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5594


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