The Jewish Communities of the Western United States

By Steven Windmueller

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

The author profiles the twenty-five percent of the American Jewish population which lives in the Western United States. This population is separated from the rest of American Jewry, the author contends, by the following factors: the pioneering and independent spirit of the West; the special histories of these communities; distance from other centers of Jewish life; the impact of "wide open spaces" on building communities; the unique role of leaders, especially rabbis; and the West as an alternative lifestyle model.

Topic: Residential Patterns, Community Development, Demography, Clergy, Identity Formation

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

Editor: Bayme, Steven , Gerstenfeld, Manfred

Page Number(s): 170-180

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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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Bibliographic Information:
Windmueller, Steven. The Jewish Communities of the Western United States. American Jewry's Comfort Level: Present and Future. American Jewish Committee (AJC),Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). 2010: 170-180. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8258


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