Religious Switching Among American Jews

By Tom W. Smith

American Jewish Committee (AJC), February 2009

This report looks at Jewish religious switching in the United States in terms of religious intermarriage and in relation to the level and nature of Jewish religious change in comparison to other religions in the United States and over time. The report finds that while Jewish religious retention is higher than for most Christian denominations in the United States and the loss-to-gain ratio has neither increased over time nor is high compared to that of Catholicism and many Protestant churches, losses do continue to exceed gains. The report recommends that in an open society like the United States, the best way to reduce losses is to increase the level of religious socialization during childhood.

Topic: Continuity, Intermarriage, Conversion, Jewish Continuity, Religion

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Smith, Tom W. Religious Switching Among American Jews. American Jewish Committee (AJC). February 2009:


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