ERIC Number: ED347223
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Soviet Jews in the United States. New Faces of Liberty Series.
Gold, Stephen J.
The situation of Jews who have immigrated to the United States from the former Soviet Union is reviewed, and information is presented to help teachers of immigrant children. The onset of "glasnost" has made Soviets the largest refugee population to enter the United States in recent years. Thousands more are expected in the near future. Most Jews from the former Soviet Union are not religious, but have left to escape personal and institutional anti-Semitism. In general, Soviet Jews are skilled, educated, and possess urban experience; their children are generally well ahead of Americans of the same age in science and mathematics. Because Soviet Jews are resettled by American Jewish agencies, they are usually distributed in large cities with sizable Jewish populations. Problems that these families face include the following: (1) excessive dependence of youth; (2) reversal of breadwinner roles, with women and children employed more easily than men; (3) loss of status; (4) dependent elderly individuals; (5) generational variation in religious experience; (6) limited choice of co-ethnic marriage partners; and (7) Soviet-style attitudes toward authority. Some suggestions are given for teachers dealing with Soviet Jewish immigrant children and their families. There is a 48-item list of references. (SLD)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Adjustment (to Environment), Children, Educational Experience, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Immigrants, Jews, Refugees, Relocation, Secondary School Students, Social Problems, Sociocultural Patterns, Student Attitudes, Teacher Role, Urban Areas
New Faces of Liberty/SFSC, P.O. Box 5646, San Francisco, CA 94101 ($2.50 per essay plus $1 tax, postage, and handling; or $15 for the series of eight essays plus $2 tax, postage, and handling).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Zellerbach Family Fund, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers: Language Minorities; Russian Jews; United States; USSR
Note: For related documents, see UD 028 658-662.