This work is an analysis of how fundamental changes in wider American society have affected Jewish religious life. Opening with a picture of American Judaism at mid-century, it reveals the profound effects of everything from suburbanization to population growth, from feminism to Jewish fundamentalism. By examining both official ideology and the folk religion of ordinary Jews, Wertheimer explains why tensions have flared so spectacularly, and sheds new light on such volatile issues as acrimony among rival religious movements, intermarriage and declining rates of affiliation among younger Jews. Jack Wertheimer is the author of “Unwelcome Strangers” and “The American Synagogue”.
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