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Alternative Families in the Jewish Community: Singles, Single Parents, Childless Couples, and Mixed-Marrieds

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Publication Date: January 1989

Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee

Author(s): Steven M. Cohen

Funder(s): Esther Rosenbaum Fund

Funder(s): Esther Rosenbaum Fund

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

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

Keywords: American Jews

Type: Report


This study analyzes data from seven different major Jewish communities in order to provide some basic information on the family patterns of Jewish young adults (25-39) and their implications for Jewish involvement. The analysis first focuses on rates - that is, the frequency in various sex and age groups - of singlehood, divorce, and intermarriage. It then proceeds to examine how parents' religiosity and education may have affected these rates.