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Unformatted text preview: September 8, 2011 JS211-LEC Notes U.S. Judaism vs. Israeli Judaism • Most Jews live in either Us or Israel • An obvious statement- US Judaism influenced by US- Israeli Judaism influenced by Israel History of U.S. Judaism • 1630: Dutch Jews arrive in Brazil • 1654: Portuguese retake Brazil and expel Jews- Some return to Amsterdam (modern day New York) and some go to the West Indies- One boatload ends up in New Amsterdam • US Jewish community remained small for many years • 1704: first synagogue in the US • Sephardim (Spain and Spanish controlled areas) vs. Ashkenazim (German and parks of Europe)- They have different understands and have different languages. Foods that they will and will not eat along with cultural beliefs are different. Similar text with different interpretation • “Religiously Rudderless” meaning a lot of people who are willing to cross the ocean and come to a different place will have different rules (will be difficult to find kosher meat slaughters and find enough people for prayer minyan) • US governmental models affected traditional Jewish ones • Volunteerism • Judaism: religion or ethnicity? – Can’t just “convert” Why A Case Study?...
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This note was uploaded on 03/28/2012 for the course JEWISH 211 taught by Professor Rosenblum during the Fall '12 term at University of Wisconsin.
- Fall '12