The Future of American Jewry

Publication Date: January 1995

Publisher: Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry

Author(s): Daniel J. Elazar

Research Area: Culture and religion; Social conditions

Keywords: American Jews; Jewish organization; Jewish identification

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


In Contemporary Jewry 16, 110-121. American Jewry has moved into a second phase of its adaptation to American society. This phase is characterized by an end of sociological separation, a break-up of older Jewish population centers, the unraveling of Progressive solutions, an end of American isolation and changing American-Israeli relations. In this new phase, Jewish survival is threatened by the weakness of the Jewish family, decline in Jewish observance, and the decline of Jewish communal organization as a basis for Jewish solidarity and of Jewish education as the basis of the Jewish way of life and of the Jewish character.