What impact does the size of a Jewish community have on the nature of Jewish community and does it influence Jewish identity? How is Jewish culture determined by the urban or suburban setting? What are some of the enduring influences of the move of Jews into suburbs?
David A. Harris Imagine you are a Jewish student leader at a prestigious university. You’ve learned that the Palestine Solidarity Movement will hold a national conference aimed at divesting campus resources from Israel — on your campus. You and other students feel strongly that the right thing to do is to continue with the proactive,
Shaul Kelner: As post-war America blazed a trail to the suburban frontier, the urban ethnographer Herbert Gans trained his sights on this new form of settlement. Did the shift to the suburbs really spell the demise of culture and community?
Daniel Sokatch and Josh Kun: In Los Angeles urban and suburban communities have a different set of meanings. So, what does it mean to be Jewish in Los Angeles and what does it mean to be in relationship with the other communities that blend and blur into the Jewish community?
Alan Silverstein: In 2007, suburbia has emerged as the American Jewish norm for all but certain sectors of the Orthodox community. Suburban Jewry’s communal life revolves around the quest for social networks forged within synagogues, federations, JCC’s and, Jewish day schools.
Muriel Harris: Responding to Rabbi Silverstein’s essay, Harris looks at the dilemmas of small communities that are neither in traditional suburbs or urban centers.