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By Carmel Chiswick

This ebook collects in a single readily-accessible quantity the pioneering study of Carmel U. Chiswick at the Economics of yankee Judaism. Filling a tremendous hole within the social-scientific literature, Chiswick’s fiscal viewpoint enhances that of different social scientists and historians. She demonstrates essentially that financial research can deepen our figuring out of the ancient event of yank Jewry and supply insights into its present state of affairs.

The writer applies the method of recent exertions economics to envision how America's particular fiscal atmosphere within the 20th century supplied a context for the traditional Jewish faith to conform to new situations. the advance of distinctively American synagogue activities is associated with the industrial assimilation of yankee Jews and their swiftly emerging degrees of schooling, social assimilation, and altering kinfolk constitution. the industrial point of view supplies a clean perception into questions of the long-run viability of Judaism in the USA. In a last part, fiscal research is utilized in a singular method to spotlight the symbiotic dating among American and Israeli Judaism.

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However it was my very first paper on a Jewish subject and in some ways was indirectly responsible for much of the work that followed. It was originally presented in 1989 on a panel organized by Sergio DellaPergola for the World Congress of Jewish Studies and published by him as editor of Papers in Jewish Demography 1989. My experience at this conference was very stimulating on many levels. Professor DellaPergola has been very supportive of my research on Judaism ever since, for which I am grateful, and I have been able to present a new paper every four years at each subsequent meeting of the World Congress of Jewish Studies.

There it is likely to remain as long as wage structures in the Jewish community continue in their current pattern. American Jewish Life Cycle. Like gender, age also serves as the basis for a division of labor in Jewish life. Even in activities where everyone participates together, the roles of children, parents, and grandparents are typically differentiated. Each cohort participates in its own way up to the point where the benefit no longer exceeds the cost; an efficient division of labor provides each with an ageappropriate role to enhance the benefit of joint participation.

Similarly, if at the moment gender egalitarianism is evident as a grass-roots movement only among American Jews, it may become more common elsewhere if (or as) opportunities for women in secular spheres in these countries become more attractive. Notes 1 The author is indebted to many people for comments on earlier drafts of this work, including Howard Adelman, Barry Chiswick, Alice Goldstein, Evelyn Lehrer, and Michael Shapiro. Helpful comments were also received from participants in the 1993 meeting of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association and the 1995 meeting of the American Economics Association.

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