Looking Back, Thinking Forward: How Jewish Summer Camps Shape Youth Religious and Ethnic Identity

Birger, Allie G.


  • Past research shows that in the wake of widespread structural assimilation in the mid-20th century, Jewish leaders and adults began to worry about ethnic and religious dilution. One of their “top down” responses was to strengthen community ethnic institutions, including by establishing a large network of summer camps, intended to expose Jewish youth to Jewish cultural and religious practices, as ... read more
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