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Persistence and Flexibility

Using a variety of anthropological approaches, the authors illustrate how the Jewish identity has persisted in the United States despite great subcultural variation and a wide range of adaptations. Within the various essays, attention is given to both mainstream Jews and to the Hasidim, Yemenites, Indian Sephardim, Soviet Emigres, and "Jews for Jesus." Institutions such as the family, the school, and the synagogue, are considered through techniques of participation/ observation and in archeological research. Persistence and Flexibility provides a means of viewing the Jewish community through the prism of key events, or rituals, and symbols.
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Preface Introduction 1. The Cultural Anthropology of American Jewry Walter P. Zenner and Janet S. Belcove-Shalin Part I. IDENTITIES AND IDENTIFICATION 2. Stigma, Identity, and Sephardic-Ashkenazic Relations in Indianapolis Jack Glazier 3. American Yemenite Jewish Interethnic Strategies Dina Dahbany-Miraglia 4. Jewish in the USSR, Russian in the USA Fran Markowitz 5. Learning to Be a Part-Time Jew David Schoem 6. Integration into the Group and Sacred Uniqueness: Analysis of an Adult Bat Mitzvah Stuart Schoenfeld Part II. ARENAS OF JEWISH LIFE 7. A Home Away from Home: Participation in Jewish Immigrant Associations in America Hannah Kliger 8. Family, Kinship, and Ethnicity: Strategies for Social Mobility Myrna Silverman 9. The Hasidim of North America: A Review of the Literature Janet S. Belcove-Shalin 10. Separatist Orthodoxy's Attitudes Toward Community: The Breuer Community in Germany and America Steven Lowenstein 11. That Is the Pillar of Rachel's Grave Unto This Day: An Ethnoarchaeological Comparison of Two Jewish Cemeteries in Lincoln, Nebraska David Mayer Gradwohl and Hanna Rosenberg Gradwohl 12. Jews and Judaica: Who Owns and Buys What? Samuel Heilman Glossary Contributors Index

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