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Dynamic Belonging

Contemporary Jewish Collective Identities

Edited by Harvey E. Goldberg, Steven M. Cohen, and Ezra Kopelowitz

272 pages, 7 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-0-85745-257-3 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (December 2011)

eISBN 978-0-85745-258-0 eBook

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World Jewry today is concentrated in the US and Israel, and while distinctive Judaic approaches and practices have evolved in each society, parallels also exist. This volume offers studies of substantive and creative aspects of Jewish belonging. While research in Israel on Judaism has stressed orthodox or “extreme” versions of religiosity, linked to institutional life and politics, moderate and less systematized expressions of Jewish belonging are overlooked. This volume explores the fluid and dynamic nature of identity building among Jews and the many issues that cut across different Jewish groupings. An important contribution to scholarship on contemporary Jewry, it reveals the often unrecognized dynamism in new forms of Jewish identification and affiliation in Israel and in the Diaspora.

Harvey E. Goldberg is Emeritus professor and Sarah Allen Shaine Chair in Sociology and Anthropology at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has been a Visiting Lecturer at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Science Sociale and a Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.

Steven M. Cohen is Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner. He has served as Professor at The Melton Centre for Jewish Education at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has written or edited a dozen books and hundreds of scholarly articles on such issues as Jewish community, Jewish identity, and Jewish education.

Ezra Kopelowitz is a sociologist specializing in Israel-Diaspora relations and issues of Jewish identity, education, and religion in Israel and the United States. Ezra is CEO of Research Success Technologies Ltd. (, and a founding member of the Center for Jewish Peoplehood Education. From 2000-2003, Kopelowitz served as Director of Research Activities for the Department of Jewish Education of the Jewish Agency for Israel, and in 2004 he was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studiesat The Hebrew University.

Subject: Jewish StudiesSociology
Area: Middle East & Israel


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