Transition to Jewish Adulthood: Education, Marriage and Fertility

Publication Date: January 1993

Publisher: Institute of Contemporary Jewry

Author(s): Frances K. Golscheider; Calvin Golscheider

Research Area: Population and demographics; Social conditions

Keywords: Fertility; Jewish education; American Jews

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


In Jewish Population Studies 25 (Papers in Jewish Demography, 1989), 113-128. In this paper we present a systematic analysis of the relationship between educational attainment, marriage, intermarriage, and fertility, comparing Jews and non-Jews in the High School Class of 1972. These marriage and fertility patterns are analyzed in the context of the extraordinary educational attainment of Jewish young adults in the United States. They demonstrate that there is a continuation of Jewish distinctiveness into the next generation of young adults, despite differences in education and in the relationships between education and family processes. Finally, the authors demonstrate that there will be Jewish demographic continuity in the United States.