Contemporary Jewry

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 55–65 | Cite as

The american orthodox jewish housewife: a generational study in ethnic survival

  • Blanche Frank


This study has explored the cultural dynamism within American Jewish Orthodoxy via the experiences of three generations of Orthodox housewives Examining the force of Americanization on its early period and the revitalization of traditional Judaic commitment in its more recent period, the study concluded that the second generation, in both organizational acumen and effectiveness of third-generation socialization, was pivotal to this unfolding The Americanization of the second generation did not operate as a deterrent, but as a comfortable context into which the third-generation has maintained a vital, traditional Judaic commitment

Although this study has traced experiences in ethnic survival of an American Jewish population subgroup, its findings may be suggestive of other American ethnic experiences Ethnic concern persists, several generations removed from the lmmigrant generation Second-generation Americans, who seemed so fully “Americanized, may have been more of an ethnic presence than their American veneer would admit And there may be some middle ground of experience among the ethnic groups on which both American cultural and ethnic ways accommodate Perhaps further research will explain America’s unexpected phenomenon of ethnic survival


Generational Study Jewish Population Secure Place Pilot Research Unexpected Phenomenon 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Blanche Frank
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  1. 1.Stern CollegeYeshiva UniversityNew York

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