American Jewry Confronts the Twenty-First Century

By Steven Bayme

American Jewish Committee (AJC), Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), 2010

Bayme states that to understand American Jewryâ??s self-perception as it confronted the challenges of the twenty-first century, then, the paradigms by which American Jews perceive themselves require revisiting and in some cases revision. He describes the six major assumptions that dominated American Jewish selfunderstanding in the immediate postwar period and concludes that today the underlying problem clearly remains assimilation. Jewish political influence presupposes a critical mass of Jews interested in leading a creative Jewish life. Fewer Jews concerned with Judaism means a weakened Jewish people. What Jews should do with themselves as Jews and why they should lead a Jewish life clearly have become the most vexing questions that need to be answered in order to shape the Jewish future. American Jews had survived well the storms of the twentieth century. How they would cope with an America that loved Jews and welcomed them into all sectors of American society remains very much an open question.

Topic: History, Jewish Federations, Antisemitism, Community Relations, Religious Denominations, Assimilation

Name of Publication: American Jewry's Comfort Level: Present and Future

Editor: Bayme, Steven , Gerstenfeld, Manfred

Page Number(s): 15-54

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Genre: Book Chapter

Coverage: United States

Identifier: ISBN: 978-965-218-086-5

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA) and Manfred Gerstenfeld

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Bayme, Steven. American Jewry Confronts the Twenty-First Century. American Jewry's Comfort Level: Present and Future. American Jewish Committee (AJC),Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). 2010: 15-54. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8250


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