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One People? Contemporary Jewish Identities

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This chapter delves into the multiplication of Jewish identities, since the dawn of modernity. Seeing the diversity of directions taken by these identities, we ask whether one may still speak these days of something common to all formulations of Jewishness and if it is still appropriate to speak of 'One Jewish People'. This issue is actually tackled by a large body of literature which proposes a variety of paradigms intended to distinguish forms and contents of modern Jewries. The chapter describes pre-modern Jewishness that dominated communities for centuries. It focuses on the different flows of Jewish identities that brought about the complex space of identities that Jews have come to illustrate over the years. The Conservative Movement was established in New York in 1886 by graduates of the Jewish Theological Seminary influenced by Franz Rosenzweig (1886-1929).

Keywords: Conservative Movement; Jewish identities



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