Are American Jews Vanishing Again?

By Calvin Goldscheider

University of California Press, Winter 2003

The author writes that the recent and recurring fear of Jewish numerical decline due to assimilation and intermarriage is exaggerated. Specifically, Goldscheider argues that an approach that takes into account both the numbers and the quality of Jewish life in America shows no inexorable mathematics of decline, given that in America, high rates of intermarriage can be consistent with group continuity and intermarriage and disengagement from the Jewish community are no longer synonymous. Ultimately, this article is geared toward advancing the argument that intermarriage should and can be viewed as a potential source of strength.

Topic: Continuity, Intermarriage, Jewish Organizations, Demography, Jewish Continuity, Integration, Assimilation

Name of Publication: Contexts

Volume/Issue: Vol.2/No.1

Page Number(s): 18-24

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Genre: Popular Periodical

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Goldscheider, Calvin. Are American Jews Vanishing Again?. Contexts. University of California Press. Winter 2003: 18-24. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5591


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