Publication Date: January 2001
Publisher: Institute of Contemporary Jewry
Author(s): Uzi Rebhun
Research Area: Culture and religion; Social conditions
Keywords: American Jews; Demography; Identity formation
Coverage: United States
In Jewish Population Studies 29 (Papers in Jewish Demography, 1997),261-279. The present article seeks to further the current understanding of Jewish life in America by examining trends in Jewish identification over a relatively long span of time. Using the 1970 and the 1990 NJPS the author suggests that the process characterizing American Jewry are diverse and often complex. American Jewry is not proceeding in one clear path. While some expressions of Jewish identification have experienced significant decline, others sustained a fair amount of stability and have even been slightly strengthened.