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Apostasy Among American Jews

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Publication Date: January 1991

Publisher(s): Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Author(s): Daniel J. Elazar

Series: Jewish Community Studies

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Cultural heritage and preservation)
Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Identity Formation; Religion; Assimilation; Jewish Identification

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The author reflects on the results of the 1990 Council of Jewish Federations National Jewish Population Study. He explores issues of assimilation, intermarriage, and apostasy in order to extrapolate sociological information from demographic questions. Overall, he concludes that the results indicate that an increasing number of American Jews are identifying themselves as Christians.