Conservative Jewry: An Ambivalent Profile - How Behavior Reflects Identity

By Sidney Goldstein, Alice Goldstein

Rabbinical Assembly of America (RA), 1997

In this speech to the 1997 Rabbinical Assembly Convention, Sidney Goldstein, a professor of population studies at Brown University, explores why understanding the social-demographic characteristics of Conservative Jewry is essential to assessing the population that the movement is serving today as well as the challenges it faces in the future. Using the results of the National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS) in 1990, Goldstein profiles Conservative Jewry based on important factors such as household synagogue membership and location. Goldstein argues that Jewish education at all levels is essential to stem the losses seen in the Conservative Jewry population. He concludes by asserting that in order to deal with growing changes in this movement, groups must welcome diversity and strike a balance between inreach and outreach.

Topic: Ritual, Masorti Judaism, Conservative Judaism, Informal Education, Affiliation

Name of Publication: Proceedings of the Rabbinical Assembly

Editor: Jacob Blumenthal

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Genre: Speech

Coverage: United States

Identifier: 0079-937-8

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Goldstein, Sidney. Goldstein, Alice. Conservative Jewry: An Ambivalent Profile - How Behavior Reflects Identity. Proceedings of the Rabbinical Assembly. Rabbinical Assembly of America (RA). 1997:


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