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A People Divided
Judaism in Contemporary America
Jack Wertheimer

Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life

Brandeis University Press
1997 • 287 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Jewish Studies

$35.00 Paperback, 978-0-87451-848-1

"An easy-to-read yet comprehensive guide showing how profound changes in American society have gradually polarized Jewish religious and communal life during the second half of the 20th century." —Chicago Tribune

An analysis of contemporary American Judaism within the broader scope of American religious life.

This brilliant analysis of American Judaism in the last half of the 20th century won the 1993-94 National Jewish Book Award for the best book on contemporary Jewry and also was named an Outstanding Book of 1993 by Choice. Jack Wertheimer examines how fundamental changes in American society have affected Jewish religious and communal life, paying special attention to contradictions and schisms that threaten the integrity of American Jewish practices and beliefs. A People Divided remains an essential primer for anyone interested in the ongoing debate about what constitutes Jewishness and who is a Jew.

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JACK WERTHEIMER is Professor of History at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, author of Unwelcome Strangers: East European Jews in Imperial Germany (1987), and editor of The American Synagogue: A Sanctuary Transformed (UPNE/Brandeis, 1995).

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