Coming of Age in Jewish America

Bar and Bat Mitzvah Reinterpreted

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Author: Patricia Keer Munro

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813575966

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 230

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The Jewish practice of bar mitzvah dates back to the twelfth century, but this ancient cultural ritual has changed radically since then, evolving with the times and adapting to local conditions. For many Jewish-American families, a child’s bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah is both a major social event and a symbolic means of asserting the family’s ongoing connection to the core values of Judaism. Coming of Age in Jewish America takes an inside look at bar and bat mitzvahs in the twenty-first century, examining how the practices have continued to morph and exploring how they serve as a sometimes shaky bridge between the values of contemporary American culture and Judaic tradition. Interviewing over 200 individuals involved in bar and bat mitzvah ceremonies, from family members to religious educators to rabbis, Patricia Keer Munro presents a candid portrait of the conflicts that often emerge and the negotiations that ensue. In the course of her study, she charts how this ritual is rife with contradictions; it is a private family event and a public community activity, and for the child, it is both an educational process and a high-stakes performance. Through detailed observations of Conservative, Orthodox, Reform, and independent congregations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Munro draws intriguing, broad-reaching conclusions about both the current state and likely future of American Judaism. In the process, she shows not only how American Jews have forged a unique set of bar and bat mitzvah practices, but also how these rituals continue to shape a distinctive Jewish-American identity.

Jewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860-1920

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Author: Melissa R. Klapper

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814749340

Category: Religion

Page: 310

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Jewish Girls Coming of Age in America, 1860—1920 draws on a wealth of archival material, much of which has never been published—or even read—to illuminate the ways in which Jewish girls’ adolescent experiences reflected larger issues relating to gender, ethnicity, religion, and education. Klapper explores the dual roles girls played as agents of acculturation and guardians of tradition. Their search for an identity as American girls that would not require the abandonment of Jewish tradition and culture mirrored the struggle of their families and communities for integration into American society. While focusing on their lives as girls, not the adults they would later become, Klapper draws on the papers of such figures as Henrietta Szold, founder of Hadassah; Edna Ferber, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Showboat; and Marie Syrkin, literary critic and Zionist. Klapper also analyzes the diaries, memoirs, and letters of hundreds of other girls whose later lives and experiences have been lost to history. Told in an engaging style and filled with colorful quotes, the book brings to life a neglected group of fascinating historical figures during a pivotal moment in the development of gender roles, adolescence, and the modern American Jewish community.

Nostalgia in Jewish-American Theatre and Film, 1979-2004

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Author: Ben Furnish

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9780820461977

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 188

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Nostalgia, a bittersweet yearning for the past, is an important element in Jewish-American performances of the late twentieth century. Numerous plays and films of this time use nostalgia to engage Jewish, including Yiddish, cultural themes and images. Nostalgia offers audiences a window through which to examine past and current social changes. These include American Jews' departure from Europe to America, the city for the suburbs, Yiddish for English, as well as the civil rights, women's, peace, and gay and lesbian movements, and other transformations. These performances illustrate how theatre and film transmit culture from generation to generation and between one ethnic community and the wider American scene.

Consumption and Identity in Asian American Coming-of-Age Novels

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Author: Jennifer Ho

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135469199

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 212

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This interdisciplinary study examines the theme of consumption in Asian American literature, connection representations of cooking and eating with ethnic identity formation. Using four discrete modes of identification--historic pride, consumerism, mourning, and fusion--Jennifer Ho examines how Asian American adolescents challenge and revise their cultural legacies and experiment with alternative ethnic affiliations through their relationships to food.

That Pride of Race and Character

The Roots of Jewish Benevolence in the Jim Crow South

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Author: Caroline E. Light

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 1479835773

Category: History

Page: 304

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“It has ever been the boast of the Jewish people, that they support their own poor,” declared Kentucky attorney Benjamin Franklin Jonas in 1856. “Their reasons are partly founded in religious necessity, and partly in that pride of race and character which has supported them through so many ages of trial and vicissitude.” In That Pride of Race and Character, Caroline E. Light examines the American Jewish tradition of benevolence and charity and explores its southern roots. Light provides a critical analysis of benevolence as it was inflected by regional ideals of race and gender, showing how a southern Jewish benevolent empire emerged in response to the combined pressures of post-Civil War devastation and the simultaneous influx of eastern European immigration. In an effort to combat the voices of anti-Semitism and nativism, established Jewish leaders developed a sophisticated and cutting-edge network of charities in the South to ensure that Jews took care of those considered “their own” while also proving themselves to be exemplary white citizens. Drawing from confidential case files and institutional records from various southern Jewish charities, the book relates how southern Jewish leaders and their immigrant clients negotiated the complexities of “fitting in” in a place and time of significant socio-political turbulence. Ultimately, the southern Jewish call to benevolence bore the particular imprint of the region’s racial mores and left behind a rich legacy.

Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace

American Jewish Women’s Activism, 1890-1940

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Author: Melissa R. Klapper

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 0814748953

Category: History

Page: 301

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Winner of the 2013 National Jewish Book Award, Women's Studies Ballots, Babies, and Banners of Peace explores the social and political activism of American Jewish women from approximately 1890 to the beginnings of World War II. Written in an engaging style, the book demonstrates that no history of the birth control, suffrage, or peace movements in the United States is complete without analyzing the impact of Jewish women's presence. The volume is based on years of extensive primary source research in more than a dozen archives and among hundreds of primary sources, many of which have previously never been seen. Voluminous personal papers and institutional records paint a vivid picture of a world in which both middle-class and working-class American Jewish women were consistently and publicly engaged in all the major issues of their day and worked closely with their non-Jewish counterparts on behalf of activist causes. This extraordinarily well researched volume makes a unique contribution to the study of modern women's history, modern Jewish history, and the history of American social movements. Instructor's Guide

The Girls' History and Culture Reader

The Twentieth Century

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Author: Miriam Forman-Brunell,Leslie Paris

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252077687

Category: History

Page: 334

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A pioneering, field-defining collection of essential texts exploring girlhood in the twentieth century

Material culture and Jewish thought in America

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Author: Ken Koltun-Fromm

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253354549

Category: Religion

Page: 342

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How Jews think about and work with objects is the subject of this fascinating study of the interplay between material culture and Jewish thought. Ken Koltun-Fromm draws from philosophy, cultural studies, literature, psychology, film, and photography to portray the vibrancy and richness of Jewish practice in America. His analyses of Mordecai Kaplan's obsession with journal writing, Joseph Soloveitchik's urban religion, Abraham Joshua Heschel's fascination with objects in The Sabbath, and material identity in the works of Anzia Yezierska, Cynthia Ozick, Bernard Malamud, and Philip Roth, as well as Jewish images on the covers of Lilith magazine and in the Jazz Singer films, offer a groundbreaking approach to an understanding of modern Jewish thought and its relation to American culture.

Encyclopedia of Jewish-American Literature

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Author: Alan L. Berger

Publisher: Infobase Learning

ISBN: 1438140614

Category: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Page: N.A

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Presents a reference on Jewish American literature providing profiles of Jewish American writers and their works.

Coming of Age

Judaic Religious Study for Bar/Bat Mitzvah-Without Hebrew School!

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Author: Gary D. Chattman

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1425983936

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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The year 2006 brings new challenges to Judaism. The obvious external threat is due to new-born anti-Semitism in the world, and the threat of terrorism-and the threat of war. The internal threat to Judaism is the fact that our children are not educated well in religious schools. My book titled Coming of Age is about lack of faith for Jewish children schooled in after-secular school Hebrew programs. Often-times these Hebrew Schools are nothing but Bar-Mitzvah "Mills" who turn children away from the faith, rather than toward it. It has many lessons for Jewish families of today. The main lesson is that Judaic education must be changed to better motivate Jewish children. THIS IS NOT NECESSARILY ONLY FOR JEWISH PARENTS-CHILDREN TODAY ARE NOT LEARNING RELIGION FOR MOST RELIGIONS! FOR COMING OF AGE: THERE IS NO OTHER SUCH BOOK ON THE MARKET! A "How-to" book on the religious ceremony of "Bar-and-Bat-Mitzvah" that can be planned at home (it is, after all, a tradition) that is used to motivate children; give them Jewish identity and allows parents the ability to join with their child in formulating this special service.

A Bibliography of Jewish Education in the United States

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Author: Norman Drachler

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 9780814323533

Category: Reference

Page: 727

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Documenting three centuries of Jewish education in America, this work contains entries from many publications in varying forms on all aspects of Jewish education from pre-school through secondary education. It also collects together literature of the various ideologies in Jewish education.

Judaism in America

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Author: Marc Lee Raphael

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231512449

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Jews have been a religious and cultural presence in America since the colonial era, and the community of Jews in the United States today—some six million people—continues to make a significant contribution to the American religious landscape. Emphasizing developments in American Judaism in the last quarter century among active participants in Jewish worship, this book provides both a look back into the 350-year history of Judaic life and a well-crafted portrait of a multifaceted tradition today. Combining extensive research into synagogue archival records and secondary sources as well as interviews and observations of worship services at more than a hundred Jewish congregations across the country, Raphael's study distinguishes itself as both a history of the Judaic tradition and a witness to the vitality and variety of contemporary American Judaic life. Beginning with a chapter on beliefs, festivals, and life-cycle events, both traditional and non-traditional, and an explanation of the enormous variation in practice, Raphael then explores Jewish history in America, from the arrival of the first Jews to the present, highlighting the emergence and development of the four branches: Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist, and Reform. After documenting the considerable variety among the branches, the book addresses issues of some controversy, notably spirituality, conversion, homosexuality, Jewish education, synagogue architecture, and the relationship to Israel. Raphael turns next to a discussion of eight American Jews whose thoughts and/or activities made a huge impact on American Judaism. The final chapter focuses on the return to tradition in every branch of Judaism and examines prospects for the future.

Portrait of American Jews

The Last Half of the Twentieth Century

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Author: Samuel C. Heilman

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 9780295800653

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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Has America been a place that has preserved and protected Jewish life? Is it a place in which a Jewish future is ensured? Samuel Heilman, long-time observer of American Jewish life, grapples with these questions from a sociologist�s perspective. He argues that the same conditions that have allowed Jews to live in relative security since the 1950s have also presented them with a greater challenge than did the adversity and upheaval of earlier years. The second half of the twentieth century has been a time when American Jews have experienced a minimum of prejudice and almost all domains of life have been accessible to them, but it has also been a time of assimilation, of swelling rates of intermarriage, and of large numbers ignoring their Jewishness completely. Jews have no trouble building synagogues, but they have all sorts of trouble filling them. The quality of Jewish education is perhaps higher than ever before, and the output of Jewish scholarship is overwhelming in its scope and quality, but most American Jews receive a minimum of religious education and can neither read nor comprehend the great corpus of Jewish literature in its Hebrew (or Aramaic) original. This is a time in America when there is no shame in being a Jew, and yet fewer American Jews seem to know what being a Jew means. How did this come to be? What does it portend for the Jewish future? This book endeavors to answer these questions by examining data gleaned from numerous sociological surveys. Heilman first discusses the decade of the fifties and the American Jewish quest for normalcy and mobility. He then details the polarization of American Jewry into active and passive elements in the sixties and seventies. Finally he looks at the eighties and nineties and the issues of Jewish survival and identity and the question of a Jewish future in America. He also considers generational variation, residential and marital patterns, institutional development (especially with regard to Jewish education), and Jewish political power and influence. This book is part of a stocktaking that has been occurring among Jews as the century in which their residence in America was firmly established comes to an end. Grounded in empirical detail, it provides a concise yet analytic evaluation of the meaning of the many studies and surveys of the last four and a half decades. Taking a long view of American Jewry, it is one of very few books that build on specific sociological data but get beyond its detail. All those who want to know what it means and has meant to be an American Jew will find this volume of interest.

Coming of Age in the Holocaust

The Last Survivors Remember

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Author: Mary J. Gallant

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780761824039

Category: History

Page: 323

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Coming of Age in the Holocaust is a narrative analysis of the experiences of Holocaust survivors- eighteen children, adolescents, young women and men who faced grim circumstances posed by nazi state terrorism and its genocidal social policy. These survivors, in their narratives, describe how they dealt with misunderstanding, terror and abuse. Just over fifty years since the 1933-45 period, we may still find that there is much to learn from those whose social worlds were so terribly rent by racism and wanton violence.

Encyclopedia of Contemporary LGBTQ Literature of the United States [2 volumes]

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Author: Emmanuel S. Nelson

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 031334860X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 762

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In this two-volume work, hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries survey contemporary lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer American literature and its social contexts. • Hundreds of alphabetically arranged entries discuss authors, literary works, movements, genres, and social issues • An alphabetical list of entries offers a quick survey of the encyclopedia's contents • A guide to related topics quickly and conveniently directs readers to entries likely to interest them • Bibliographies for specific entries help students find sources of additional information on specialized topics • A selected, general bibliography directs students to the most helpful print and electronic resources on contemporary LGBTQ American literature

Der Tätowierer von Auschwitz

Die wahre Geschichte des Lale Sokolov

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Author: Heather Morris

Publisher: Piper ebooks

ISBN: 3492992641

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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Eine Geschichte von Menschlichkeit, Mut, Liebe und Hoffnung 1942 wurde Lale Sokolov nach Auschwitz deportiert. Seine Aufgabe war es, Häftlingsnummern auf die Unterarme seiner Mitgefangenen zu tätowieren, jene Nummern, die später zu den eindringlichsten Mahnungen gegen das Vergessen gehören würden. Er nutzte seine besondere Rolle und kämpfte gegen die Unmenschlichkeit des Lagers, vielen rettete er das Leben. Dann, eines Tages, tätowierte er den Arm eines jungen Mädchens – und verliebte sich auf den ersten Blick in Gita. Eine Liebesgeschichte begann, an deren Ende das Unglaubliche wahr werden sollte: Sie überlebten beide. Eindringlich erzählt Heather Morris die bewegende, wahre Geschichte von Lale und Gita, die den Glauben an Mut, Liebe und Menschlichkeit nie verloren. Die wahre Geschichte eines Holocaust-Überlebenden »Ein Buch, das nicht nur von den Schrecken des Holocaust erzählt, sondern auch von tiefer Liebe.«STERN ONLINE Für Leser von „Schindlers Liste“ und „Der Junge mit dem gestreiften Pyjama“

New Jews

The End of the Jewish Diaspora

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Author: Caryn S. Aviv,David Shneer

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814740170

Category: Religion

Page: 215

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For many contemporary Jews, Israel no longer serves as the Promised Land, the center of the Jewish universe and the place of final destination. In New Jews, Caryn Aviv and David Shneer provocatively argue that there is a new generation of Jews who don't consider themselves to be eternally wandering, forever outsiders within their communities and seeking to one day find their homeland. Instead, these New Jews are at home, whether it be in Buenos Aires, San Francisco or Berlin, and are rooted within communities of their own choosing. Aviv and Shneer argue that Jews have come to the end of their diaspora; wandering no more, today's Jews are settled. In this wide-ranging book, the authors take us around the world, to Moscow, Jerusalem, New York and Los Angeles, among other places, and find vibrant, dynamic Jewish communities where Jewish identity is increasingly flexible and inclusive. New Jews offers a compelling portrait of Jewish life today.

Jews in the Center

Conservative Synagogues and Their Members

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Author: Jack Wertheimer

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813532066

Category: Religion

Page: 407

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This comprehensive examination of conservative synagogues and their members sets a new standard for denominational self-studies.

The Impact of the Holocaust in America

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Author: Bruce Zuckerman

Publisher: Purdue University Press

ISBN: 9781557535344

Category: Religion

Page: 230

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The Jewish Role in American Life examines the complex relationship between Jews and the United States. Jews have been instrumental in shaping American culture and Jewish culture and religion have likewise been profoundly recast in the United States, especially in the period following World War II.

The Jew in the American World

A Source Book

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Author: Jacob Rader Marcus

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 9780814325483

Category: History

Page: 663

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This important volume provides the first complete single-volume reference source for American Jewish history.