American Jews and Jewish Identity - 92Y, New York

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American Jews and Jewish Identity

Rabbi Peter J. Rubinstein and Professor Richard Rubin

Are American Jews losing their Jewish identity?

Since George Washington promised Jewish Americans the full privileges and protections of U.S. citizenship, Jews have flourished in America as nowhere else in the world. But has that come at the expense of their distinctiveness, their unique perspective? Richard Rubin argues that while most American Jews have been “Americanized,” they continue to be shaped by Jewish history, culture and religion in ways that affect everything from their social attitudes to their child-rearing methods to their voting patterns. This “fusion” of American values with Jewish ones has created a “hybrid” Jewish identity that American Jews must cultivate and pass on to future generations.

There will be a book signing following this event.

Peter J. Rubinstein

Peter J. Rubinstein brings decades of experience as a congregational rabbi and as a leader in the Jewish and interfaith communities to his role as 92Y’s director of Jewish Community and the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life.

Richard Rubin

Richard Rubin was for 27 years a professor of political science at Swarthmore College, where he taught courses on the intersection of race, ethnicity and public policy, as well as on the political culture of American Jews.

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