NJPS Series-American Jewish Religious Denominations

Publication Date: February 2005


Author(s): Jonathon Ament

Research Area: Culture and religion

Keywords: American Jews; Religious denominations

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


This report utilizes data from NJPS 2000-01 to examine denominationalism among American Jews. First, it describes two different ways denominational identity can be defined: self-identification and synagogue membership. Based on these two different definitions, overall denominational population estimates and percentages are provided. Further sections present detailed comparisons within each denominational definition, followed by selected comparisons between the different definitional categories. The final section consist of analytic conclusions and selected policy questions raised by denominational findings.