The Jew Within: Self, Community, and Commitment Among the Variety of Moderately Affiliated
Publication Date: January 1998
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: American Jews; Identity Formation; Jewish Identification
Coverage: United States
American Jewry's heightened concern with issues of Jewish identification and "continuity" has led to increased interest among scholars and communal leaders alike in the factors which shape, nourish and sustain Jewish commitment. Our purpose in this study is to explore the forces and motivations, which most affect Jewish commitment, by probing the behavior, attitudes, and backgrounds of those we call, "moderately affiliated American Jews." Three assumptions — two of them substantive, the third methodological — have guided us from the outset. All are based on previous research by us and others about American Jews, as well as on recent studies of religion and ethnicity among baby boomers more generally.