I finished the book about American Jews on Shabbat and have found it captivating and well-documented. After a chapter about the various waves of Jewish immigration to the US, the author tries to explain the roles, real or imagined, American Jews play or have played in different areas of American life.
He concludes by envisaging a future where American Jews will be less numerous – because of assimilation and inter-marriage but also because other groups are getting more numerous – and will thus not count as much as they once have.
In a recent post Shimshonit blogged about an issue which fascinates her, namely the choice writer make or don’t make to write as Jews. She mentioned a book that deals with this issue through a series of essays written by various Jewish American writers, Who We Are – On Being (and Not Being) a Jewish American Writer. I then decided to order it and have just received it. I hope to be able to start it soon – school isn’t quite over yet – and will probably share my thoughts on this blog. Stay tuned!