Community Size and Identity

By Matthew Boxer

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), June 2007

The author discusses his research on salience of Jewish identity to Jews living in small communities. His findings suggest that even though large communities afford more choices and creative expression, Jews who live there may not develop their Jewish identity as central to their character in the same way that Jews from small communities do. He hypothesizes that this is due to the fact that Jews from small communities are identified as outsiders or others by their peers and therefore are aware that their identity as a Jew carries great importance.

Topic: Residential Patterns, Cities and Suburbs, Jewish Identification

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

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.37/no.642

Page Number(s): 7-8

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Boxer, Matthew. Community Size and Identity. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). June 2007: 7-8.


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