In this unique study, Stephen Levine examines the particular characteristics of New Zealand Jewry, one of the most exotic Jewish communities in the world. Because it is so far from the rest of world Jewry, this community must continually face the challenge of Jewish continuity. Levine draws attention to the diversity in Jewish identity among New Zealand's Jews, as well as to the institutionalization of new relationships between the Jewish community and Israel. Ultimately, however, Levine stresses the community's interaction with world Jewry, despite the many challenges facing such a small and remote population. The New Zealand Jewish Community will be an essential volume for students of Judaism, the sociology of religion, contemporary history, and political studies.
Stephen Levine is Associate Professor of Politics and Head of the School of Political Science and International Relations of Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He is the editor of A Standard for the People: The 150th Anniversary of the Wellington Hebrew Congregation, 1843-1993.
Chapter 1 The Jews of New Zealand Chapter 2 The Tenacity of Jewish Commitment Chapter 3 The Organizational Structure of the New Zealand Jewish Community Chapter 4 Religion, Education, and Culture Chapter 5 Communal Welfare and Defense Chapter 6 Israel and World Jewry Chapter 7 The Constitutional Documents of New Zealand Jewry Chapter 8 Future Prospects