Quick Search

Keyword
Title
Author
Seller Id
Advanced Search
 
 

Find us on:

 
Gift Certificate

 
 
Social Science:Ethnic Studies
       Tell a Friend
Add to Shopping Cart
Judaism's Encounter with American Sports (The Modern Jewish Experience), Gurock, Jeffrey S.
Stock Image
Author Name:    Gurock, Jeffrey S.

Title:   Judaism's Encounter with American Sports (The Modern Jewish Experience)

Binding:   Hardcover

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    Indiana University Press 

ISBN Number:   0253347009 / 9780253347008

Seller ID:   ING9780253347008

0253347009 Special order direct from the distributor

More Description

Judaism's Encounter with American Sports examines how sports entered the lives of American Jewish men and women and how the secular values of sports threatened religious identification and observance. What do Jews do when a society--in this case, a team--"chooses them in," but demands commitments that clash with ancestral ties and practices?

Jeffrey S. Gurock uses the experience of sports to illuminate an important mode of modern Jewish religious conflict and accommodation to America. He considers the defensive strategies American Jewish leaders have employed in response to sports' challenges to identity, such as using temple and synagogue centers, complete with gymnasiums and swimming pools, to attract the athletically inclined to Jewish life. Within the suburban frontiers of post-World War II America, sports-minded modern Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform rabbis competed against one another for the allegiances of Jewish athletes and all other Americanized Jews. In the present day, tensions among Jewish movements are still played out in the sports arena.

Today, in a mostly accepting American society, it is easy for sports-minded Jews to assimilate completely, losing all regard for Jewish ties. At the same time, a very tolerant America has enabled Jews to succeed in the sports world, while keeping faith with Jewish traditions. Gurock foregrounds his engaging book against his own experiences as a basketball player, coach, and marathon runner. By using the metaphor of sports, Judaism's Encounter with American Sports underscores the basic religious dilemmas of our day.



Price = 60.66 CDN
Add to Shopping Cart

cookie