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Orthodox and Other Jews in American Politics: A Growing Divergence

Hosted By: The Siegal Lifelong Learning Program at Case Western Reserve University

Join Joshua Shanes for this remote lecture. Decades ago, Milton Himmelfarb quipped that American Jews tends to “earn like Episcopalians but vote like Puerto Ricans”; that is, they remain liberal despite achieving economic success. While that has broadly continued in the age of Trump, a new trend has grown clear. Orthodox Jews today swing sharply right, even when they earn poorly, while non-Orthodox Jews have grown even more committed to liberal values. This lecture explains this emerging divergence in the context of broader American trends as well as the role of Jewish politics as a debate about the meaning of Jewishness itself.

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