Informal Social Networks and Formal Organizational Memberships Among American Jews: Findings from the National Jewish Population Survey 2000-01

Publication Date: January 2006

Publisher: Association for the Sociology of Religion

Author(s): Laurence A. Kotler-Berkowitz; Charles Kadushin

Research Area: Culture and religion; Social conditions

Keywords: Fundraising/Philanthropy; Jewish organization; American Jews

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


In: Sociology of Religion 67/4, 465-485. The article employs data from the 2000-01 NJPS to examine how informal social networks and formal organizational memberships among American Jews are related to philanthropic behavior, religious observance, attitudes toward Israel, and political party identification. A concluding discussion offers the hypothesis about the differential effects, linking the explanatory power of networks to the institutional embeddednes of the dependent variables.