How Jewish Communities Differ: Variations in the Findings of Local Jewish Population Studies
Ira M. Sheskin
North American Jewish Data Bank,
The paper presents the major results of 45 local studies conducted between 1982 and 1999, documenting significant diversity among American Jewish communities. For example, a category of special concern to the Jewish community is the percentage of Jews who identify as "Just Jewish," for it highlights the many Jews who do not identify with any of the religious 'movements. The percentage who identify as "Just Jewish" varies from 11% to 43%. Similar differences exist in many other areas including demographics, mobility, extent of interfaith marriage, level of religiosity, visits to Israel, kosher observance, synagogue membership, level of Jewish education, social service needs, and philanthropic behavior.
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Sheskin, Ira M. How Jewish Communities Differ: Variations in the Findings of Local Jewish Population Studies. North American Jewish Data Bank. 2001: