T H E J E W I S H Q U A R T E R LY R E V I E W , Vol. 106, No. 4 (Fall 2016) 429432 T H E ED I T OR S OF JQR relish the prospect of adding forums such as this one to the regular mix of articles and review essays. The forum is often an opportunity to identify important new trends in Jewish studies or call attention to paradigm-shifting books in the field. Sometimes the forum serves a different function, though, allowing us to look back to the past for a particularly incisive or consequential piece of work. It is the latter purpose that animates this forum devoted to Professor Gerson D. Cohen's memorable essay "The Blessing of Assimilation in Jewish History." Delivered as a commencement address to the graduating class at Hebrew Teachers College in Brookline, Massachusetts, in 1966, this essay takes on a theme of major concern to Jews in Cohen's day and subsequently--and turns it on its head. As Keren McGinity shows in Still Jewish: A History of Women and Intermarriage in America, the 1960s were a period of "rising alarm within the Jewish community,"
Jewish Quarterly Review – University of Pennsylvania Press
Published: Nov 29, 2016
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