Contemporary Jewry

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 130–133 | Cite as

Toward a definition of mass conversion: Comments on klausner’s discussion of the conversion of American Jews

  • Deborah Hertz


The wide scope of Klausner’s historical examples is praised. Nevertheless, the adequacy of his definition of mass conversion is questioned as is its applicability to contemporary Jewish society in the United States.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deborah Hertz
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  1. 1.Sarah Lawrence CollegeUSA

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