The Paradoxical Effects of Jewish Community Size on Jewish Communal Behavior: Intermarriage, Synagogue Membership and Giving to Local Jewish Federations
Publication Date: January 1989
Publisher(s): Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry
Author(s): Jonathan Rabinowitz
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: American Jews; Fundraising/Philanthropy; Marriage
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).