The Jew Within: Self, Community, and Commitment Among the Variety of Moderately Affiliated

By Steven M. Cohen, Arnold Eisen

Susan and David Wilstein Institute of Jewish Policy Studies (University of Judaism), 1998

American Jewry's heightened concern with issues of Jewish identification and "continuity" has led to increased interest among scholars and communal leaders alike in the factors which shape, nourish and sustain Jewish commitment. Our purpose in this study is to explore the forces and motivations, which most affect Jewish commitment, by probing the behavior, attitudes, and backgrounds of those we call, "moderately affiliated American Jews." Three assumptions - two of them substantive, the third methodological - have guided us from the outset. All are based on previous research by us and others about American Jews, as well as on recent studies of religion and ethnicity among baby boomers more generally.

Topic: Jewish Identification, Identity Formation

Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Cohen, Steven M. Eisen, Arnold. The Jew Within: Self, Community, and Commitment Among the Variety of Moderately Affiliated. Susan and David Wilstein Institute of Jewish Policy Studies (University of Judaism). 1998: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=213


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