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Jewish Adolescents: American Teenagers Trying to 'Make It'

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Publication Date: January 2000

Publisher(s): Jewish Education Service of North America

Author(s): Archie Brodsky; Charles Kadushin; Shaul Kelner; Leonard Saxe

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

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

Keywords: Jewish Continuity; Part-time (supplementary) schools; Jewish Youth; Study

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The authors present results from a study they conducted based on interviews of 1,300 Jewish American teenagers and their parents, designed to ascertain how engaged these teenagers are with the Jewish community. The authors discuss their sample's experiences with Hebrew school, informal Jewish education, and their attitudes towards secular academics, work, marrying another Jew, and raising Jewish children. For many of these teenagers, the authors report, being Jewish is not a major part of their lives.

In Agenda: Jewish Education, ed. By Arthur Vernon, no. 13, Summer 2000, p. 3-7