Global Jewish Migration
234 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
Despite the importance of historical and contemporary migration to the American Jewish community, popular awareness of the diversity and complexity of the American Jewish migration legacy is limited and largely focused upon Yiddish-speaking Jews who left the Pale of Settlement in Eastern Europe between 1880 and 1920 to settle in eastern and midwestern cities.
Wandering Jews provides readers with a broader understanding of the Jewish experience of migration in the United States and elsewhere. It describes the record of a wide variety of Jewish migrant groups, including those encountering different locations of settlement, historical periods, and facets of the migration experience. While migrants who left the Pale of Settlement in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are discussed, the volume’s authors also explore less well-studied topics. These include the fate of contemporary Jewish academics who seek to build communities in midwestern college towns; the adaptation experience of recent Jewish migrants from Latin America, Israel, and the former Soviet Union; the adjustment of Iranian Jews; the experience of contemporary Jewish migrants in France and Belgium; the return of Israelis living abroad; and a number of other topics. Interdisciplinary, the volume draws upon history, sociology, geography, and other fields.
Written in a lively and accessible style, Wandering Jews will appeal to a wide range of readers, including students and scholars in Jewish studies, international migration, history, ethnic studies, and religious studies, as well as general-interest readers.
EDITORIAL INTRODUCTION: RECENT ADVANCEMENTS IN JEWISH MIGRATION STUDIES
Jewish Identity among Contemporary Jewish Immigrants in the United States, by Laura Limonic
The Process of Immigration to the United States and the Acculturation of Iranian Jews, by Nahid Pirnazar
Repatriating by Non-State Actors? The Emergence of (Skilled) Return Migration Industry in Israel, by Nir Cohen
Jews Residing in Three Cities in France and Belgium: Patterns of Ethnic Identity and Identification, by Lilach Lev Ari
“Cleanliness Like That of the Germans”: Eastern European Jews’ Views of Germans and the Dynamics of Migration and Disillusionment, by Gil Ribak
Other Maps: Reflections on European Jewish Refugees’ Migration to the United States in the Early Postwar Era, by Libby Garland
“It’s the Community That We’ve Made”: Jewish Migration to East Lansing, Michigan, in the Postwar Era, by Kirsten Fermaglich
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"This eclectic combination of methods yields both an intriguing body of new information and an instructive view of the changing contours of Jewish migration studies. The book will serve students and instructors in search of new approaches to a subject that remains vibrant and relevant. Summing up: Highly recommended." —CHOICE