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Looking at the model of ‘Jewish power’

by Brad A. Greenberg

October 2, 2007 | 10:29 pm

Jews generally take offense to the phrase “Jewish power” because of its historically anti-Semitic overtones (Goldberg says that in the beginning of his book). But some ethnic groups appreciate the model of Jewish success, and today the NY Times tells the tale through the experiences of Indian-Americans.

Indian-Americans, who now number 2.4 million in this country, are turning to American Jews as role models and partners in areas like establishing community centers, advocating on civil rights issues and lobbying Congress.

Indians often say they see a version of themselves and what they hope to be in the experience of Jews in American politics: a small minority that has succeeded in combating prejudice and building political clout.

“It echoes 30 years ago,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the [Simon] Wiesenthal [C]enter. “There is the same feeling of a growing community that says, ‘We want our voices to be represented, and how do we that?’”

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