Regional Differences Among American Jews

Publication Date: January 1993

Publisher: Institute of Contemporary Jewry

Author(s): Bruce A. Phillips

Research Area: Population and demographics

Keywords: American Jews; Demography; Immigration

Type: Report

Coverage: California Colorado Arizona Wisconsin Illinois


In Jewish Population Studies 25 (Papers in Jewish Demography, 1989), 104-112. Jewish regional concentration has been a persistent feature of American Jewry. What does the Jewish migration towards the West mean for American Jews? There are several structural reasons to assume that Jewish communities in the West will be less cohesive and will be Jewishly weaker than those in areas of historical Jewish settlement. Three Jewish communities in the West (Los Angeles, Denver, and Phoenix) are compared with two in the Midwest (Milwaukee and Chicago).