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The Changing American Jewish Family Faces the 1990s

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Publication Date: January 1994

Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee

Author(s): Sylvia Barack Fishman

Series: Jewish Family and Jewish Continuity

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Population and demographics (Demography and census)

Keywords: Jewish Continuity; Culture; Social Patterns; Demography

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The author contends that the "typical" American Jewish family is now atypical in one way or another. After reviewing the historical patterns into which Jewish families have fit, she outlines educational, occupational, gender-based, and household-structural changes affecting the American Jewish family, including rates of divorce and intermarriage, based on the National Jewish Population Study.