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A Certain People: American Jews and Their Lives Today Hardcover – August, 1985


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 458 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (August 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671447610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671447618
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 1.4 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,140,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The patterns of American-Jewish life have changed to a startling degree in the past generation. The author has combined a mountain of research with personal interviews to produce a probing analysis intended to explain these changes to both Jews and non-Jews. The rise of Jews to prominence in public office and business, the effects of world events on the United Jewish Appeal and other fund-raising activities, and current attitudes toward religious practice, intermarriage, and conversion, are examined in Silberman's characteristic style. Certain sections get bogged down in statistics, and heavy reliance on information regarding the 1984 presidential election may limit the book's future usefulness. Nevertheless, this engrossing and significant work belongs in most collections. BOMC featured alternate. Marcia R. Hoffman, M.L.S., American Hoechst Corp., Somerville, N.J.
Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Boris Greblof on June 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
For anyone interested in the state of American Jews today (June, 2013 A Certain People: American Jews and Their Lives Today), there would be, in the opinion of this reviewer, value in the author's well documented analysis (current at the time of his writing) to be not much different for a 21st Century reader/observer.
I was motivated to submit this comment having read the review from the distinguished scholar in Jerusalem, Israel.
Having visited in Israel several times and made some close friends there, I can understand Mr. Shalom Freedman's perspective, considering his concern for the future of Judaism. In fact, from my non-scholarly conversations and observations as a 3rd Generation American Jew, American Jews and Israeli Jews are worlds apart in attitudes and perspectives about Jews specifically and in general. It would take another book the size of Silberman's for detailing my comments, and I'm not the one to so accomplish that.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
Silberman responded to the fears of the disappearance of the US Jewish community with an overly positive analysis of their situation. He points out rightly the great successes of the American Jewish community but misreads the meaning of intermarriage. And his suggestions about how this may increase the size and strength of the American community seem mistakenly optimistic. It is nice to be flattered and know how wonderful we all are, but sometimes the hard truth is necessary. And Silberman skips the many hard truths about the good share of the American Jewish community that is ignorant of all real Jewish knowledge and practice.
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