Sex, Generation, and Class as Structural Variables in a Large Jewish Community

By Bernard Lazerwitz, Morris Siegel

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

The authors present a study examining the impact of sex, generation, and class on the acculturation of Jews and Christians in Boston. They find that, while Jewish men in the third generation are more incorporated into the American class structure, third-generation Jewish women do not differentiate by class, disproving the theory of a rebelling second generation and a returning third generation. Additionally, the study reports that lower- and middle-class Jews are more likely than upper-class Jews to send their child to a Jewish camp and prefer Jewish organizational sponsorship for their children's recreation. Policy makers within the Jewish community would do well to take these findings into account as they both retain the traditional and create the innovative forms of Jewish culture in the 1970s and beyond.

Topic: Socioeconomic Status, Gender, Generational Issues, Survey

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 48/No. 1

Page Number(s): 91-101

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Boston, Massachusetts

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Lazerwitz, Bernard. Siegel, Morris. Sex, Generation, and Class as Structural Variables in a Large Jewish Community. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Fall 1971: 91-101. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4475


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