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Jews at HomeThe Domestication of Identity$
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Simon J. Bronner

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781904113461

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781904113461.001.0001

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Reflections on ‘Culture Mavens’ from an Australian Jewish Perspective

Reflections on ‘Culture Mavens’ from an Australian Jewish Perspective

(p.307) Thirteen Reflections on ‘Culture Mavens’ from an Australian Jewish Perspective
Jews at Home

Suzanne D. Rutland

Liverpool University Press

This chapter seeks to explain Australian Jewish cultural patterns in the light of the narrative of the social and historical context that has developed in America discussed in Chapter 10. It considers that Australian Jewry was not only a decade but possibly a whole generation behind American Jewry, if not more. The chapter describes how, on the whole, Australian Jewry is still much more traditional in its Jewish lifestyles and choices. The largely religious Jewish day school movement, which attracts a high proportion of Jewish children, is a major factor affecting home practice, decoration, and observance in Australia. Since there is a clear nexus between home and school, this adds to the distinctive element of Australian Jewry. In addition, the community is still largely an immigrant community, strongly informed by the Holocaust and Israel, and does not demonstrate the same varieties of Judaism described in that chapter.

Keywords:   Australian Jewry, Australian Jewish cultural patterns, Jewish day school movement, immigrant Jews, Australian Judaism, Orthodox Judaism

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