Newly Found Jews and the Politics of Recognition

Stuart Z. Charmé, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 05/15/2012

THE PROBLEM OF LOSING Jews to assimilation and intermarriage has been the focus of discussion about Jewish identity among Jewish demographers and communal leaders throughout much of the second half of the twentieth century. This backdrop makes the prospect of finding pockets of Jews who had allegedly lost their connection to the Jewish people centuries or even millennia ago quite intriguing.