Do We Want to Be Who We Really Are?

By Gary A. Tobin

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), June 2003

The author dispels a mythical ideal of what the Jewish family looks like. He defines four realities of the modern American Jewish family: the extended family is largely inoperative for many Jews; Judaism is not the primary identity for most American Jews; Jewish individuals and families are no longer defined by blood; families are diverse in race, religion, sexual preference, and a myriad of other factors. He argues that the mythical ideal may not be desirable and suggests ways to address the needs of the American Jewish community in the 21st century.

Topic: Jewish Identification, Family, Diversity

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

Volume/Issue: 33/602

Funder: Jewish Family & Life

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Genre: Brief

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Tobin, Gary A. Do We Want to Be Who We Really Are?. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). June 2003:


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