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Cool Jew 4th of July Giveaway

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"Are you a Jewish American or an American Jew, and why?"

Once again, I am moved by the number and thoughtfulness of your answers! We have such a special community here of people interested in New Jewish culture. It leaves me verklempt. Take a minute to read through the answers if you can.

The winner is:

Aliza "La Jewminicana" Hausman said...

What do you mean are you a Jewish American or an American Jew? Of course, I am both. My identities are not mutually exclusive. On Shabbat, I am always a Jew at rest. But when, like this year, the 4th of July falls on Shabbat, I don’t want kugel or gefilte fish. I demand already-been-barbecued-before-Shabbat hamburgers, fries and chicken wings. It is here in America with its astounding religious freedom that I can be both fully Jewish and fully American. I can be a child of immigrants, strolling towards my kosher stores on every corner listening to Michael Jackson classics from the IPod earbuds in my ear.

Cool Jew 4th of July Giveaway
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The Cool Jew 4th of July Gift Box contains:
  • Diversity t-shirt that says, "It takes all of us to make the land bloom," from Jean Roth of Rotem Gear
  • Alan Oirich's latest Jewish Hero Corps comic book
  • We Can Rise CD by Chana Rothman
  • Cool Jew book from Lisa Alcalay Klug
  • "No Limit Texas Dreidel" game invented by Jennie Rivlin Roberts and Webb Roberts
  • "Salud!" Dreidel Drinking Game from
Meet the people bringing you The Cool Jew 4th of July Gift Box

Comment below to enter!

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Check back here or sign up for our Newsletter to be notified of the winner on July 3! (No purchase is required to enter. This contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada.)

For those of you who are curious as to how we pick the winners -- I (Jennie) use a random number generator and if it matches (a) a real attempt at an answer (which all of them usually are) and (b) I can contact the person (I will go searching for your contact on your blog, Twitter, website), then that is the winner. If either (a) or (b) isn't true, I generate another random number.

From ModernTribe Jewish Gifts


I’m a Russian-American-Israeli Jew who is coming home to Israel.

I’ve been a Russian for seven years, an American for seventeen years, an Israeli for a few years, but Jewish for four thousand years.

Posted by Anonymous on July 03, 2009

I am not a Jew, simply married to a non-practicing (perfect already, he says)Jew. I feel that I can say I am an American Jew because I support Jewish causes, know a significant amount about the religion and its practice and, as comedians like the late Buddy Hackett once said – Methodists are about as close as you can get to being Jewish without converting.

Posted by kathybear4 on July 03, 2009

Wooooooo! I can’t believe I won. Yay! Now, of course, I must go blog about this.

Posted by Aliza "La Jewminicana" Hausman on July 03, 2009

As we sit around the shabbos table, I often (too much if you ask my boys) discuss attitudes & incidents happening in the world & the United States against jews & Israel. I tell my sons we must never forget because no matter how other jews have tried & continue to try to assimilate – it has NEVER worked & never will work! We are meant to be different (special). We are Jewish Americans & and rather than hide that we have a responsibility to fight anti-semitism to be accepted not for who they want us to be but for who we really are.

Posted by Mitch on July 03, 2009

I’m a Jewish American. As a JBC I thought about this prospect prior to my conversion. I know it’s a little morbid but bear with me. If a plane was high-jacked, and the passengers were mostly American, then the Jews were told to go to the left side of the plane. With my non-Jewish sounding name what would I do? It wasn’t until I was certain I’d proudly situate myself with my people on the left that I felt comfortable converting. Thus, the Jewish part of my identity takes precedence.

Posted by Trisha on July 03, 2009

If I win, these items will find a good home in my Jewish Home or will become gifts for appropriate people.
Thank You!

Posted by Anonymous on July 03, 2009

My next two cents:

What I like about being an American Jew is how the two interact — American and Jew. Jew by choice, American by force. Born Jewish I think is much more difficult than conversion as I feel the weight of centuries pushing down upon my shoulders every instant, but still I choose it. American was forced on me and still is. I’d rather have no governments at all, no nation-states but still have nations. The nation to which I belong is the Jewish one, the Hebrew one, the Israelite one. I don’t know which tribe was my ancestors’ but I do know I’ve known Jews from China and other of the ‘lost’ tribes, and they were fine with me and I was fine with them and being Jewish isn’t about how I or they look or where we grew up. It’s an internal bond, a way of thinking and viewing the world — no matter where in that world we may be.

Posted by 2C on July 03, 2009

As the son of a holocaust child, whose Grandparents escaped Germany in 1939, I consider myself a Jewish American. My family has been in Israel since the late 1800’s. Upon completion of college, I made aliyah. Served in a combat unit for 2 years. I have done my fair share of global travel and I identify with the Jewish Community wherever I go.

Posted by Anonymous on July 03, 2009

I am a Jew from many generations back. I really don’t know anybody in my family who is not a Jew. My great grandfather was an interpreter on Elis Island. Yet my parents where hippies and my father deiced I needed to choose my own faith. So I went to almost every religion exploring my faith. I came to one conclusion I’m Jew it is in my sole. Being a Jew in a American mean to me I have a responsibility to keep the faith, family, and special bond that only Jews understand. Jews in America are special we have freedoms that may not be allowed anywhere else. An in that gift it is easy to stray away form what make us so unique and special. It is only when our Faith is ripped from us that we could really know how important it is. No matter where I am or what I am doing I know that if there is a Jew in the room I have family. Practicing or not we have a bond instantly. So, it is so important to me to spread the word to Jews in America to keep the faith. We are great but we must not let the spoils of America blind us from out inner sole. I am a Jew in American and that’s a big deal. It will never leave you it is a part of you so be proud of it :)

Posted by mimigirl7 on July 03, 2009

Determining if I am an Jewish American or an American Jew, is a lot like what came first the chicken or the egg. I am a Jew because my father was born a Jew, as were his parents. I am an American because my grandparents escaped the Nazi’s by finding thier way to America. Never living in a Jewish state I would have to say I am an American that is honored to have such a great heritage as a Jew.

Posted by D Lieberman on July 03, 2009

Is this a trick question? Are you asking if I am an American who practices Judaism, or a Jew who believes in science, democracy, and bill of rights? In so many ways Western values are set in conflict with the ancient ideas of the torah writers. Well just call me a Heebster and give me the goodies!!!

Posted by Matitiyahu Bernstein on July 03, 2009

I’m not sure because I don’t know which term describes which. If you consider yourself Jewish first, are you an American Jew or a Jewish American?

Posted by Anonymous on July 03, 2009

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