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The vanishing American Jew

in search of Jewish identity for the next century

1st ed.

Published by Little, Brown in Boston .
Written in English.

About the Book

In this urgent book, Alan M. Dershowitz shows why American Jews are in danger of disappearing - and what must be done now to create a renewed sense of Jewish identity for the next century. In previous times, the threats to Jewish survival were external - the virulent consequences of anti-Semitism. Now, however, in late-twentieth-century America, the danger has shifted. Jews today are more secure, more accepted, more assimilated, and more successful than ever before. They've dived into the melting pot - and they've achieved the American Dream. And that, according to Dershowitz, is precisely the problem. More than 50 percent of Jews will marry non-Jews, and their children will most often be raised as non-Jews. Which means, in the view of Dershowitz, that American Jews will vanish as a distinct cultural group sometime in the next century - unless they act now. Speaking to concerned Jews everywhere, Dershowitz calls for a new Jewish identity that focuses on the positive - the 3,500-year-old legacy of Jewish culture, values, and traditions. Dershowitz shows how this new Jewish identity can compete in America's open environment of opportunity and choice - and offers concrete proposals on how to instill it in the younger generation.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [343]-373) and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
305.892/4073
Library of Congress
E184.J5 D43 1997

The Physical Object

Pagination
x, 395 p. ;
Number of pages
395

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL1009285M
Internet Archive
vanishingamerica00ders
ISBN 10
0316181331
LC Control Number
96049292
Library Thing
379971
Goodreads
1302075
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