One answer, especially in America, is: success.
Like other affluent people, Jews with the exception of the ultra-Orthodox are marrying later and having fewer children—currently 1. They tended to live together in urban neighborhoods within walking distance of the synagogue , work together in traditional businesses , take vacations together, play together in their clubs, learn together in their schools.
The Vanishing American Jew by Alan M. Dershowitz | Hachette Book Group
In Portrait of American Jews , the sociologist Samuel Heilman describes the sudden collapse of that whole sustaining structure. Jewish neighborhoods have yielded to suburbanization. Social and economic mobility has widened the pool of prospective spouses. Alan Dershowitz, in The Vanishing American Jew , recalls how Jewish camps in the Catskills were called matchmaker camps—both he and his brother found brides there. Rabbinical training has been replaced with secular higher education.
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This is exclusive content for subscribers only. If you are already a subscriber, please be sure you are logged in to your nybooks. 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.
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Speaking to concerned Jews everywhere, Dershowitz calls for a new Jewish identity that focuses on the positive - the 3,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.
The vanishing American Jew : in search of Jewish identity for the next century, Alan M. Dershowitz
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