Chapter

The High Cost of Jewish Living

Misha Klein

in Kosher Feijoada and Other Paradoxes of Jewish Life in São Paulo

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780813039879
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043784 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813039879.003.0004
The High Cost of Jewish Living

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The fourth chapter addresses some of the obstacles to maintaining Jewish identity in the many ways that economic and social class intersect with ethnic identity and community practices. While, on the one hand, successful generations following immigration found themselves disproportionately occupying the middle to upper socio-economic ranks, this has also meant that the cost of maintaining a Jewish social life and religious life (schools, synagogues, neighborhoods, social institutions, material culture, keeping kosher, etc.) has become difficult if not unattainable for those Jews who are not so well off. One of the ironies of successful economic integration—and an indication of the extent of social integration—is that as subsequent generations have deepened their roots and participation in Brazilian society, they have also become more subject to the economic instabilities that affect the society as a whole. Jewish Brazilians have experienced an overall weakening of their economic position and reduction in resources, a situation they share with their compatriots, thereby solidifying their identification with Brazil.

Keywords: Socioeconomic class; Jewish identity; Ethnic practices; Education; Charity

Chapter.  13598 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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