Jewish Identity in the United States

By John Slawson

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Fall 1971

The majority of the 350,000 Jewish American college-aged youth in 1970 are indifferent or apathetic about Jewish commitment. After comparing this population with their parents' generation using data from the Lakeville and Riverton studies, the author examines the impact that meaningful Jewish education has on those youth who might be uninterested or opposed to continuing the Jewish community into future generations. Participants in the Brandeis Camp Institute, the only Jewish camp for college-aged youth, were more involved in the Jewish community upon their return home, demonstrating that research-based experiential education and adult education are crucial to the formation, development, and retention of Jewish identity.

Topic: Continuity, Youth, Generational Issues, Education, Jewish Continuity

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 48/No. 1

Page Number(s): 42-48

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Slawson, John. Jewish Identity in the United States. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1971: 42-48.


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