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Ambivalent EmbraceJewish Upward Mobility in Postwar America$
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Rachel Kranson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469635439

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635439.001.0001

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What Now Supports Jewish Liberalism?

What Now Supports Jewish Liberalism?

Upward Mobility and Jewish Political Identity

(p.44) Two What Now Supports Jewish Liberalism?
Ambivalent Embrace

Rachel Kranson

University of North Carolina Press

In the years after World War II, many liberal and left-leaning Jewish leaders expressed concern that American Jews would adopt conservative political values as the result of their economic rise. While there is little evidence to prove that Jewish upward mobility led directly to conservative political values, this fear of a rightward political shift continued to circulate. To the left-leaning leaders of postwar American Jews, this move toward Jewish conservatism – a shift that they saw as an inevitable consequence of Jewish upward mobility -- represented a betrayal of “authentic” Jewish values that were forged out of historical Jewish experiences of social and economic marginality.

Keywords:   Jews, Jewish Liberalism, Jewish Left, Upward mobility, conservativism

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