Perspectives on the Family and Jewish Identity in America

Publication Date: January 1977

Publisher: American Jewish Committee

Author(s): Chaim I. Waxman

Research Area: Culture and religion

Keywords: Jewish identification; Jewish Continuity; Social Patterns; Demography

Type: Report


The author examines the role of the nuclear American Jewish family in forming religious and ethnic group identification among the children, from a social scientific perspective. The author explains that while there has been some erosion in the traditional cohesion of the Jewish family, the American Jewish family remains significantly more cohesive than the non-Jewish American family. He contends that single parents and non-parents are to be viewed as both a problem and a resource for the community.