Basic Characteristics of American Jewish Denominations

By Bernard Lazerwitz

Sociological Institute for Community Studies, Bar-Ilan University, March 1993

In this presentation, the information from two broad scale surveys on the American Jewish population â€" the first from 1971, and the other from 1990 â€" is used to ascertain the characteristics of a) Jewish adults, 20 years old or older who prefer, or do not prefer, an American Jewish denomination and who, then, b) join or do not join a synagogue. Lazerwitz concludes that American Jews still express their Jewish identity by means of denominational affiliation. He also points out a clear rise in intermarriage across the religious spectrum, resulting clearly from a fuller assimilation into American culture.

Topic: Intermarriage, Jewish Identification, Survey, Religious Denominations, Assimilation

Name of Publication: Sociological Papers

Volume/Issue: Vol.2/no.1

Funder: Leon Tamman Foundation for Research Into Jewish Communities

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Lazerwitz, Bernard. Basic Characteristics of American Jewish Denominations. Sociological Papers. Sociological Institute for Community Studies, Bar-Ilan University. March 1993:


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