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America’s liberal Jews

For the first time since the second world war, American Jews are largely absent from the anti-war movement. Yet, travelling from state to state, I found the liberal Jewish tradition still thriving

By Linda Grant   March 2003

The day before the US mid-term elections last November, I was taken for lunch at a country club in a Florida city noted for its large community of retired Jews. We entered the gates and drove through what appeared to be a golf course criss-crossed by elderly men on golf carts. The club was residential and its residents were mainly elderly and around 40-50 per cent Jewish. “We’re integrated,” I was told by my hosts, two ladies in their sixties who had moved down to the warm south from Detroit and Manhattan. “Venus and Serena Williams live here.”

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