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The Paradoxical Effects of Jewish Community Size on Jewish Communal Behavior: Intermarriage, Synagogue Membership and Giving to Local Jewish Federations

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Publication Date: January 1989

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

Author(s): Jonathan Rabinowitz

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Community life and organization)

Keywords: American Jews; Fundraising/Philanthropy; Marriage

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The research reports on insights gained into Jewish communal behavior by measuring the effects of community size on three aspects of Jewish communal life: rates of intermarriage, synagogue membership, and giving to the Jewish federation. Size is believed to be an important structural variable affecting communal behavior. This study is an attempt to apply a macro structural theory of intergroup relations as developed by Blau and Schwartz (1984).