Engaging the Next Generation of American Jews: Distinguishing the In-Married, Inter-Married, and Non-Married

By Steven M. Cohen

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), 2005

As the Jewish engagement agenda has come to occupy center stage in the organized Jewish community, we would do well to distinguish more sharply than we do among young Jews who are in-married, inter-married, and not married. For these three groups - with vastly different rates of institutional affiliation, informal connections, ritual observance, and simple Jewish passion - pose quite different challenges to the efforts of organized Jewry to engage them and demand quite distinctive strategies and practices. Indeed, although not denying the diversity within these groups, they still generally have very different approaches to the very meaning of these terms: Jewish, Jewish identity, Jewish community, and Jewish peoplehood.

Topic: Peoplehood, Jewish Identification, Family, Outreach

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Volume/Issue: Vol. 81/No. 1-2

Funder: Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Cohen, Steven M. Engaging the Next Generation of American Jews: Distinguishing the In-Married, Inter-Married, and Non-Married. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). 2005: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=1190


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