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Different Faces in Our Classrooms: The Challenges of Family Diversity

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Publication Date: June 2003

Publisher(s): Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education

Author(s): Richard F. Address

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Jewish Education; Jewish Continuity; Community Development; Synagogues

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


A recent analysis of marriage and family patterns in the American Jewish community, conducted by the department of Jewish Family Concerns of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, found three major trends: (1) the "affiliation gap" - a lack of affiliation between the approximate ages of 13 and 35; (2) the "diversity trend" - increased diversity in the constitution of Jewish families; and (3) the "longevity revolution" - greater desire for Jewish education as people live longer. The author challenges the Jewish community to adapt and innovate Jewish education to address these trends.

In Jewish Education News vol. 24 no. 3 (Summer 2003).