Wednesday, May 20, 2009

That's Jewish?

In general, Jewish identity at Wesleyan has been less notable for its emphasis on ethnic or religious solidarity than on qualities that have come to be associated with a different kind of Jewish cultural identity in America - activist liberal politics, intellectualism and a freewheeling brand of creativity. That description could have extended to Justin-Jinich. A New York Times article said Justin-Jinich was Jewish but quoted a former roommate as saying she regarded herself as "agnostic and politically liberal." "That's Jewish!" Zwelling exclaimed. He added that the profile of the "typical" Wesleyan student - intellectual, elite and well-heeled - though perhaps not entirely accurate, overlaps to a great extent with the image of the young Jewish suburbanites who do, in fact, attend such universities as Wesleyan.


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