New Studies of Jewish Identity: A Review of Chaim I. Waxman's Jewish Baby Boomers: A Communal Perspective and Steven M. Cohen and Arnold M. Eisen's, The Jew Within: Self, Family and Community in America

By Barbara Hirsh

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Fall 2001

The author briefly presents the results of two recent identity surveys focusing on American Jewish baby-boomers. Together, they present a picture of a generation that sees Judaism as both a given and a choice, tends to be wary of organizational authority, and yet whose practice varies predictably according to the nature of early religious upbringing. The author considers how Reconstructionist communities can best use and respond to the data gathered here, while cautioning that very useful information on intermarried Jews and families is excluded because of how the studies were undertaken.

Topic: Generational Issues, Reconstructionist Judaism, Jewish Identity, Survey, Demography, Authority, Identity

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol. 66/No. 1

Page Number(s): 60-66

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Hirsh, Barbara. New Studies of Jewish Identity: A Review of Chaim I. Waxman's Jewish Baby Boomers: A Communal Perspective and Steven M. Cohen and Arnold M. Eisen's, The Jew Within: Self, Family and Community in America. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Fall 2001: 60-66. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5867


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