Isaac Deutscher Redux

THE NON-JEWISH JEW REVISITED by Michael Mirer Discussed in this essay: The Non-Jewish Jew, and Other Essays, by Isaac Deutscher. Published in a 50th anniversary edition by Verso, 2017, 176 pages.   WHAT MAKES a Jew a Jew? Are we an ethnic group? Religious? Racial? These questions of identity and politics (if not identity politics) are often […]

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What It Means to Be Jew-ish

A FILIPINO CONVERSIO’S JEWISH SCHOOL YEAR by Regine Guevara A year into my Master’s program in Coexistence and Conflict Resolution at Brandeis University outside Boston, I found my peace of mind. I began to figure out why I have been doing the things I do, why I have been drawn to this field, to my […]

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Jewish Identity Without “Otherness”

RESISTING THE LURE OF “WHITENESS” by Michael Mirer From the Spring 2017 issue of Jewish Currents TO DEFINE Jewish American identity is to invite disagreement. Each definition threatens to efface or minimize some aspect of the American Jewish experience that may be essential to someone else. Religious Jews, perhaps, can agree to a narrow definition: Jews […]

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Naming and Renaming

By Ann Cheng WHEN MY mother’s mother fled Eastern Europe for the U.S., she was on her fourth last name — the Jewish one she was born with, the non-Jewish one her family chose in the late 1930s, the French one from a fake marriage staged to escape Communist Hungary, and finally the recently chosen, […]

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Yiddish in the Age of Identity

AN ALTERNATIVE TO ASSIMILATION AND ZIONISM by Lina “Khave” Morales From the Spring 2017 issue of Jewish Currents LATE LAST December, I went to an event that promised to do something I’m always striving to do and mostly failing at: organically bringing together parts of my identity that I usually count as disparate and disconnected. […]

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Running for Congress at 24

AND GETTING ATTACKED BY NEO-NAZIS A CONVERSATION WITH ERIN SCHRODE From the Spring 2017 issue of Jewish Currents Erin Schrode, 25, has been an environmental activist her entire life. In 2005, at age 13, in response to skyrocketing cancer rates in Marin County, California, she and her mother Judi Shils co-founded Teens for Safe Cosmetics […]

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