Jewish Survival: The Demographic Factors

By Uziel O. Schmelz

American Jewish Committee (AJC), 1981

The author reviews some features of the demographic situation of world Jewry - its recent evolution, present state, and future prospects. Emphasis is placed on the factors affecting Jewish population size. While the approach is demographic, the social and economic structure of the Jews is obviously very important in this context. Alienation, out-marriage, and low levels of fertility, are by their very nature closely linked to the study of the social psychology of modern Jews. The author finds that the demographic situation, trends, and prospects of Jews in the Diaspora and Israel differ markedly, as do the amount and quality of the data available for each. He therefore considers separately each of these major components of world Jewry.


Topic: Continuity, Jewish Identification, Marriage, Demography, Jewish Continuity

Name of Publication: American Jewish Year Book

Volume/Issue: Vol.81

Page Number(s): 61-117

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Genre: Report

Language: English

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Schmelz, Uziel O. Jewish Survival: The Demographic Factors. American Jewish Year Book. American Jewish Committee (AJC). 1981: 61-117.


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