Perspectives on the Family and Jewish Identity in America
Publication Date: January 1977
Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee
Author(s): Chaim I. Waxman
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Jewish identification; Jewish Continuity; Social Patterns; Demography
The author examines the role of the nuclear American Jewish family in forming religious and ethnic group identification among the children, from a social scientific perspective. The author explains that while there has been some erosion in the traditional cohesion of the Jewish family, the American Jewish family remains significantly more cohesive than the non-Jewish American family. He contends that single parents and non-parents are to be viewed as both a problem and a resource for the community.