How Do You "Jew"? Personality and Participation Decisions Among Young American Jews

By Debbie Tuttle

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Fall 2009

America's Jewish youth are a prize audience for Jewish communal activities around the country. The author shares results from a survey of young Jewish adults, showing that these individuals are by and large adventurous but easy to disappoint, interested in finding meaning but unsure where to look, and proud of their Jewish identity but wary of traditional Jewish settings. The author recommends that Jewish programming be high-quality, varied, and in familiar settings, and she encourages preliminary feedback, informational marketing, and specialized activities. Ultimately, finding more points of connection to this age group will strengthen Jewish communities for generations to come.

(This double issue of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service is dedicated to SJCS, the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion's School of Jewish Communal Service).

Topic: Youth, Engagement, Generational Issues, Survey, Program Evaluation, Community Development

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron, Gail

Volume/Issue: Vol. 84/No. 3/4

Page Number(s): 334-344

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Tuttle, Debbie. How Do You "Jew"? Personality and Participation Decisions Among Young American Jews. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Fall 2009: 334-344. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4445


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