The New Zealand Jewish Community

The New Zealand Jewish Community

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In this unique study, Stephen Levine examines the particular characteristics of New Zealand Jewry, one of the most exotic Jewish communities in the world. Because it is so far from the rest of world Jewry, this community must continually face the challenge of Jewish continuity. Levine draws attention to the diversity in Jewish identity among New Zealand's Jews, as well as to the institutionalization of new relationships between the Jewish community and Israel. Ultimately, however, Levine stresses the community's interaction with world Jewry, despite the many challenges facing such a small and remote population. The New Zealand Jewish Community will be an essential volume for students of Judaism, the sociology of religion, contemporary history, and political more

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  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 156 x 233 x 23mm | 603g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739100033
  • 9780739100035

About Stephen I. Levine

Stephen Levine is Associate Professor of Politics and Head of the School of Political Science and International Relations of Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He is the editor of A Standard for the People: The 150th Anniversary of the Wellington Hebrew Congregation, more

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Of all the world's 'distant Diasporas,' New Zealand's Jewish community is probably the most remote. Its 5000-strong Jewish community is many thousands of miles from the centres of Jewish life, and seeming too small to escape near-complete assimilation into the general community. That it survives at all is remarkable, and a searching and sophisticated examination of its structure and history is likely to prove not merely fascinating but instructive for other larger Jewish communities. This Stephen Levine's book has in large measure provided. -- William D. Rubinstein Journal of Jewish Studiesshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 The Jews of New Zealand Chapter 2 The Tenacity of Jewish Commitment Chapter 3 The Organizational Structure of the New Zealand Jewish Community Chapter 4 Religion, Education, and Culture Chapter 5 Communal Welfare and Defense Chapter 6 Israel and World Jewry Chapter 7 The Constitutional Documents of New Zealand Jewry Chapter 8 Future Prospectsshow more