Jewish Grandparenting in the United States: An interview with Rela Mintz Geffen

By Rela Mintz Geffen, Manfred Gerstenfeld

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

This interview with Rela Mintz Geffen, President of Baltimore Hebrew University, discusses the role of grandparents in American Jewish family life. For the first time in American history, Geffen notes, there are many cases of three and four generations of Jewish families who are alive simultaneously. But sociological research has neglected the topic, she asserts. While a stereotype exists of Jewish grandparents as transmitters of Jewish tradition, the author contends that in many cases Jewish grandparents are afraid to fulfill this role, even when they are able.

Topic: Stereotypes, Continuity, Tradition, Sociology, Generational Issues, Family, Demography, Jewish Continuity

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

Editor: Bayme, Steven , Gerstenfeld, Manfred

Page Number(s): 211-218

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Genre: Interview

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:
Geffen, Rela Mintz. Gerstenfeld, Manfred. Jewish Grandparenting in the United States: An interview with Rela Mintz Geffen. American Jewry's Comfort Level: Present and Future. American Jewish Committee (AJC),Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). 2010: 211-218. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8261


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