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Abrams, Elliott. Faith or Fear: How Jews Can Survive in a Christian America. Free Press; 1997. Hardcover. ISBN 0-684825-11-2.
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Dershowitz, Alan M. The Vanishing American Jew: In Search of Jewish Identity for the Next Century. Touchstone Books; 1998. Paperback. ISBN 0-684848-98-8.
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Eisen, Arnold M. Taking Hold of Torah: Jewish Commitment and Community in America (Helen and Martin Schwartz Lectures in Jewish Studies, 1996). Indiana Univ Pr; 1997. Hardcover. ISBN 0-253333-14-8.
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Green, Arthur. Seek My Face, Speak My Name a Contemporary Jewish Theology. Jason Aronson; 1994. Paperback. ISBN 1-568212-13-5.
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Klinghoffer, David. Lord Will Gather Me in: My Journey to Jewish Orthodoxy. Free Press; 1998. Hardcover. ISBN 0-684823-41-1.
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Sachar, Howard Morley. A History of the Jews in America. Vintage Books. Reprint, 1993. Paperback. 1051 pages. ISBN 0-679745-30-0.
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Schwarz, Sidney. Finding a Spiritual Home: How a New Generation of Jews Can Transform the American Synagogue. Jossey-Bass; 2000. Hardcover. ISBN 0-787951-74-9. [This book describes the lives of four thriving synagogues whose theological orientations range from Reform to Orthodox. It explores the innovations of these congregations, and describes the impact the innovations have on synagogue members, citing interviews with worshipers whose enthusiasm jumps off the page.]
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Wertheimer, Jack. A People Divided: Judaism in Contemporary America. Brandeis Univ, 1997. 286pp ISBN 0-874518-48-2. [Studies American Jews as a religious group, rather than an ethnic group, discussing the history, philosophy, and vital statistics of each of the major branches: Orthodox, Conservative, Reconstructionist and Reform; the conflicts among rival groups; patterns of religious behavior and how they correlate with broader trends in American life; and such issues as intermarriage and declining rates of affiliation among younger Jews.]
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