On Jewish Forebodings

Glazer, Nathan. "On Jewish Forebodings." Commentary 80 (1985): 32-37.

Excerpt: Students of American Jewry confront an interesting paradox: a sociological literature filled with forebodings about a group whose history, by all relevant measures, has gone very well indeed. I exaggerate, of course; sociological writings on America’s Jews contain much more than forebodings of disaster. Yet it does seem true that a whole line of sociologists, among whom I would have to place myself, have been uneasy about the Jewish future in the United States. What has the course of events done to sustain or refute those fears? My own involvement with these matters began in the early 1940’s.