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Publication Date: April 2008

Publisher(s): Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Author(s): Steven F. Windmueller

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Residential Patterns; Identity Formation; Community Development; Demography

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The author profiles the twenty-five percent of the American Jewish population which lives in the Western United States. This population is separated from the rest of American Jewry, the author contends, by the following factors: the pioneering and independent spirit of the West; the special histories of these communities; distance from other centers of Jewish life; the impact of "wide open spaces" on building communities; the unique role of leaders, especially rabbis; and the West as an alternative lifestyle model.