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Am I a Jew?: My Journey Among the Believers and Pretenders, the Lapsed and the Lost, in Searc h of Faith (Not Necessarily My Own), My Roots, and Who Knows, Even Myself

Authors: Ross, Theodore
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: BIO026000, REL040000, SOC008000
ISBN: 9781101590164, Related ISBNs: 0142180394, 1101590165, 159463095X, 9780142180396, 9781101590164
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 288,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: What makes someone Jewish?

Theodore Ross was nine years old when he moved with his mother from New York City to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Once there, his mother decided, for both personal and spiritual reasons, to have her family pretend not to be Jewish. He went to an Episcopal school, where he studied the New Testament, sang in the choir, and even took Communion. Later, as an adult, he wondered: Am I still Jewish?

Seeking an answer, Ross traveled around the country and to Israel, visiting a wide variety of Jewish communities. From “Crypto-Jews” in New Mexico and secluded ultra-devout Orthodox towns in upstate New York to a rare Classical Reform congregation in Kansas City, Ross tries to understand himself by experiencing the diversity of Judaism.

Quirky and self-aware, introspective and impassioned, Am I a Jew? is a story about the universal struggle to define a relationship (or lack thereof) with religion.
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