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JST 601 - New Directions in the American Jewish Community

This seminar will provide an overview of the sociology of the American Jewish community in the context of the social history of American Jewry. Students will become familiar with the demography and social characteristics of the community, as well as its social structure and institutions. The Jewish family, synagogue and communal organizations, and conflict between institution and patterns of innovation will be seen within the context of the current debate among sociologists as to the future size and quality of Jewish communal life. (Modern)