Transformations in the Composition of American Jewish Households

Publication Date: January 2006

Publisher: Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs; Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA)

Author(s): Sylvia Barack Fishman

Research Area: Culture and religion

Keywords: Marriage; Generational Issues; Demography; Jewish Continuity

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The author discusses trends in American Jewish nuclear family composition, and factors contributing to them. Among the trends discussed are rising rates of intermarriage, delayed marriage and non-marriage. The author argues that the high school years are very important for later patterns of behavior. Creating educational programs for teens should be a top priority for Jewish communal leaders, she contends.