Religion and Ethnicity Among Jews

Publication Date: January 1993

Publisher: Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Bernard Lazerwitz; Ephraim Tabory

Research Area: Culture and religion

Keywords: Race; Jewish Identification; Tolerance

Type: Report

Coverage: United States Israel


This article reviews research on the relationship of religion and ethnicity to neighborhood interaction in Israel and to involvement in the Jewish community in the United States. It highlights one major difference between Israel and the Diaspora. Whereas in Israel, ethnicity is a barrier to interaction that is reduced by a common religiocultural system, in the United States ethnicity is the foundation of Jewish involvement.