Epilogue: Legacies of the First Century

Fred Rosenbaum

in Cosmopolitans

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780520259133
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945029 | DOI:
Epilogue: Legacies of the First Century

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Since the 1940s, thousands of Jews have arrived in the Bay Area every year, the great majority of them from East Europe, the group that since 1880 had been markedly underrepresented in San Francisco and Oakland compared to other American cities. In the first postwar wave came veterans of the armed services, many of whom had become enthralled with the physical beauty of the area during their tours of duty. The 1960s and 1970s saw an inflow of young, mostly single Jews to San Francisco and to Berkeley in particular. As a result, Jewish education, culture, and social services have been supported on an unprecedented scale. In addition, suburbanization has transformed Jewish life and vaulted many first-generation Bay Area Jews into leadership positions in new synagogues and community centers. The attitude toward Zionism has also undergone a sea change. Moreover, adult education has taken long strides. Meditation, and even more so mysticism, has Jewish roots independent of Buddhism, and many Northern California teachers have sought to recover that experiential, non-rational side of Judaism.

Keywords: Jews; San Francisco; education; culture; social services; Judaism; Zionism; suburbanization; leadership; Northern California

Chapter.  10867 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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