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The American Jewish Family: What We Know, What We Need to Know

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Publication Date: January 2002

Publisher(s): Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry

Author(s): Linda J. Waite

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Marriage and family life)

Keywords: American Jews; Family; Marriage

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


In Contemporary Jewry 23, 35-63. This paper reviews what we know about Jewish families in contemporary America. It examines the extent to which adults live in families, their marital status, and their experience with divorce and cohabitation. The paper reviews what we know about the processes that create the Jewish family: marriage, divorce and childbearing and synthesizes what we know about intermarriage.