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Table of Contents Virtual History Tour Population, by State Introduction Any discussion of American Jewish family life as an institution must view it within the context of contemporary American social, economic, and political life.
All contemporary American Jews are "Jews by choice" in that their relationship with the Jewish people, Judaism, and its institutions is voluntary.
They have freedom and feel part of mainstream American life. The experience of the Jewish family in the United States over the past century has been one of acculturation and accommodation to the norms and values of American society.
The diversity within Jewish life precludes a description of an archetypal contemporary American Jewish family. In contrast, according to Glatzer the historic Jewish family — at least in theory — was 1 patriarchal, 2 three generational, 3 home oriented, 4 pious, and 5 devoted to study, particularly the Bible, Talmud and other Jewish texts.
As in all other modern Jewish societies, the majority of Jewish families in the United States today, and perhaps the majority of Jewish families in the typology suggested bear scant resemblance to Glatzer's model of the premodern European Jewish family.
Many Jewish families still share certain distinctive socioeconomic characteristics, i. But many, from day to day, are hardly distinguishable from their non-Jewish neighbors. In a profound way, the religion most practiced by American Jewish families has been America itself, its freedoms, democracy, openness, and unprecedented opportunities.
The transition from tradition and self-segregation characterizes the development of the American Jewish family in the United States. These processes affected virtually every aspect of family life, from size and residential patterns to marriage and career choices.
There are some who see this process as having weakened the Jewish family, leading it in the direction of ultimate extinction as a distinctive type; others see evidence of surprising strength and the maintenance of tradition in a world of dramatic change.
Often citing the same evidence, they perceive the Jewish family as having successfully transformed itself in response to the conditions of its environment, requiring, perhaps, only some redefinition. The process of change which the Jewish family underwent in America may be divided into four eras: Out of the 35, individuals surveyed over the phone, claimed Jewish heritage.
Eleven percent of U. Compared to other religious groups surveyed, Judaism had the lowest percentage of members who believe God wrote the bible.
Immigration The majority of Jews living in the United States today are third- fourth- and fifth-generation descendants of the families of some 2, immigrants who arrived in America between the last two decades of the 19th century and the first quarter of the 20th century as part of the mass transplantation of peoples from Eastern and Southern Europe.
Howe points out that for Jews, more than for any other European group, this historic migration was a movement of families, signified by the great proportion of females and children who took part in it. Mass migration, which is usually set in motion by an economic or political crisis, war, or natural disaster, disrupts the normal development of family life.
However, immigration put an enormous strain on the family. The older generation was often left behind, never to be seen again. Husbands came before their wives and children thus beginning the process of Americanization earlier.
Family reunions were often joyous but seldom without problems as both husband and wife had changed in the intervening years; the husband had become more American, the wife had become used to handling family matters. There were also problems of abandonment, of husbands who had disappeared into the great abyss of America.
The majority of Eastern European Jewish families who came to the United States were nominally Orthodox; they were not, though, among the most learned or pious of that generation.HISTORICAL TRAUMA IN NATIVE AMERICAN AND JEWISH LITERATURES By Juliana Reagan December, Director: Ellen Arnold, PhD used in Chapter One to examine the effects of the trauma on the first generation.
The two young satisfying way of life” (Perdue and Green 16).
There were an estimated four hundred different. Similarly, individual Jewish identity and the viability of Jewish communal life in the United States are tied to the cultural integrity of the American Jewish family.
The historic Jewish family, in various countries and in various periods, has demonstrated great resilience . Immigration to North America began with Spanish settlers in the 16th century, and French and English settlers in the 17th century.
In the century before the American revolution, there was a major wave of free and indentured labor from England and other parts of Europe as well as large scale importation of slaves from Africa and the Caribbean.
Native Americans and European Compare/Contrast Essay Europeans lived a much more modern way of life than the primitive lifestyle of Native Americans. Similarly, individual Jewish identity and the viability of Jewish communal life in the United States are tied to the cultural integrity of the American Jewish family.
The historic Jewish family, in various countries and in various periods, has demonstrated great resilience in the face of physical, spiritual and economic pressures.
Both Jewish and external sources yield plentiful information about groups and individuals living within the Roman Empire that had totally or partially adopted Judaism and assimilated the Jewish way of life.