Contemporary Jewish Fertility: An Overview

Publication Date: January 1983

Publisher: Institute of Contemporary Jewry

Author(s): Sergio DellaPergola

Research Area: Population and demographics

Keywords: World Jews; Demography; Fertility

Type: Report


In Jewish Population Studies 16 (Papers in Jewish Demography, 1981), 215-238. Rather than attempting to find a general explanation of Jewish fertility patterns in the Diaspora and in Israel, we aim at envailing some of their recent dynamics and differentials. We shall focus particularly on various time mechanisms that operate within a general pattern of relatively low fertility, and tend to produce significant differentiation in the family formation behavior of Jews as compared to non-Jews in the same countries, and different Jewish sub-populations.