Being A Jewish Teenager in America: Trying to Make It

By Charles Kadushin, Leonard Saxe, Archie Brodsky, Shaul Kelner, Amy Adamczyk, Rebecca Stern

Institute for Informal Education, Maurice & Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies (CMJS), December 2001

This study is a systematic inquiry into the contexts, Jewish and American alike, that shape Jewish identity and affiliation among contemporary Jewish teenagers. Nearly 1,300 b'nei mitzvah ages 13 to 17 from three regions of Eastern Massachusetts were surveyed. One parent of each child was also interviewed. Results illustrate how embedded Jewish adolescents are in their American context. Findings indicate that this population resembles that of two groups to whose influence Jewish adolescents are continually exposed: their parents and their non-Jewish peers. The adolescents who responded to this survey care about being Jewish and about Jewish history and culture, but do not express this allegiance by engaging in practices that might set them apart from a largely secular, pluralistic culture.

Topic: Youth, Jewish Identification, Assimilation

Funder: Mandel Foundation (Jerusalem)

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Genre: Report

Coverage: Massachusetts

Language: English

Copyright Information: Download for personal use, freely distribute link

Bibliographic Information:
Kadushin, Charles. Saxe, Leonard. Brodsky, Archie. Kelner, Shaul. Adamczyk, Amy. Stern, Rebecca. Being A Jewish Teenager in America: Trying to Make It. Institute for Informal Education,Maurice & Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies (CMJS). December 2001: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=3478


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