Towards 2000: The American Experience (L’Eylah)
The gaps in our knowledge of Anglo-Jewry contrast with the extensive information we have about the current state of Jewish life in America. Last year saw several important new studies. What light do they shed on the British experience? If the American example is anything to go by, is Diaspora Jewry heading for extinction?
Surprisingly, the latest research has led some sociologists to optimistic conclusions. Jewish group identity in a free and open society, they argue, is more tenacious than we had thought. The following is a review of the findings.