Publication Date: April 2005
Publisher: American Jewish Committee
Author(s): Tom W. Smith
Research Area: Culture and religion
Keywords: American Jews; Community Relations
Coverage: United States
To extent our understanding of the position of Jews in contemporary society, this report examines American Jews through comparative perspectives. By comparing Jews to other ethnical/racial and religious groups, one can determine which groups Jews are closer to; comparison over time enable us to examine recent sociopolitical change. By comparing different types of Jews (denominations; level of observance) one can investigate the degree of internal solidarity and see how different subgroups of Jews are related to non-Jews. These comparisons provide notable insights into the nature, role, and position of Jews in contemporary America.