Research in Jewish Demography and Identity

Research in Jewish Demography and Identity


Eli Lederhendler & Uzi Rebhun

Series: Jewish Identities in Post-Modern Society
ISBN: 9781618114396 (hardcover)
Pages: 426 pp.
Publication Date:  March 2015

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This book contains fifteen original papers covering, a broad spectrum of topics in Jewish demography and identity, considering both Diaspora communities and the population of Israel. While most of the papers make use of quantitative data, some base themselves on qualitative and archive materials. The book is divided into five parts, reflecting the different complementary dimensions investigated: historical demography, history, and politics, immigration and immigrant adaptation, transnationalism, and demography and identity. This work is presented to Professor Sergio Dellapergola upon his retirement from teaching at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Eli Lederhendler is the Stephen S. Wise Professor of American Jewish History and Institutions at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he teaches in the Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry Department. He has been the head of the School of History in the Humanities Faculty at the Hebrew University, and has also taught at Yale University, University College London, and Vassar College. His publications in the field of Jewish history span the 19th and 20th centuries, with a focus on Jewish politics, migration, urbanization, and ethnicity. He is co-editor of the annual series, Studies in Contemporary Jewry.

Uzi Rebhun is the Shlomo Argov Chair in Israel-Diaspora Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Currently he is the Head of the A. Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University. He specializes in the demography of world Jewry, Jewish migration, Jewish identification, and the Jewish family.


This is a rich and varied collection of essays, many of which complement one another. Each of them succeeds in advancing the field to which Sergio DellaPergola has contributed so much and influenced so extensively.
— Steven M. Cohen, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Studies in Contemporary Jewry Vol. 30
. . . Readers who are familiar with Professor DellaPergola’s work will see his influence clearly throughout this volume. The chapters are thoughtful, nuanced, and well-researched, and, like DellaPergola’s long list of publications, tackle diverse subject matter across the Jewish communities of many nations. This book is a fitting tribute to a dynamic researcher and teacher, and scholars of the Jewish community are fortunate that DellaPergola’s work and that of his colleagues and students will continue to benefit us for many years to come.
— Matthew Boxer, Brandeis University, Contemporary Jewry (July 2015)

Table of Contents

Preface (Eli Lederhendler and Uzi Rebhun

Sidney Goldstein
Sergio DellaPergola’s Contributions to Jewish Demography: An Appreciation

Part A: Historical Demography
Gur Alroey
Jewish Immigration to Palestine and the United States, 1905-1925: A Socio-Demographic Analysis
Orly C. Meron
A Socio-demographic Profile of Old Greece’s Jewish Population between the World Wars

Part B: History and Politics
David Miron

Return to the Golden Age: Immigration Policies as a Means of Preserving “Old America” and Its Values
Manuela Consonni
Split at the Root: Italian Jewish Identity Between Anti-Zionism and Philo-Semitism, 1961–1967

Part C: Immigration and Migrant Adaptation
Erik H. Cohen
Immigration to Israel among the Professional Class: A Case Study of Legal and Medical Professionals among the Jews of France
Mark Tolts
Demographic Transformations among Ex-Soviet Migrants in Israel
Viacheslav Konstantinov
The Professional Mobility of FSU Immigrants in Israel, 1999-2010

Part D: Transnationalism
Judit Bokser Liwerant

Transnational Expansions of Latin American Jewish Life in Times of Migration: A Mosaic of Experiences in the United States
Lilach Lev Ari
Back Home: Return Migration, Gender, and Assimilation among Israeli Emigrants
Israel Pupko
“3.04 Times to the Moon and Back”: Transnational Jewish Migrants in Israel

Part E: Demography and Identity
Shlomit Levy
Jewish Identity Values of Israeli Youth and Adults in Contemporary Israel
Paulette Kershenovich Schuster
Picture Perfect: The Role of Domestic Help in Syrian Jewish Households in Mexico City
Uzi Rebhun
Geographic Dispersion and Mobility of Jews in Israel
Ilana Ziegler
A Research Note: Family Growth in Israel and the «Critical Child»

List of Contributors
Sergio DellaPergola: Main Publications