Publication Date: April 2008
Publisher: Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
Author(s): Steven F. Windmueller
Research Area: Culture and religion
Keywords: Residential Patterns; Identity Formation; Community Development; Demography
Coverage: United States
The author profiles the twenty-five percent of the American Jewish population which lives in the Western United States. This population is separated from the rest of American Jewry, the author contends, by the following factors: the pioneering and independent spirit of the West; the special histories of these communities; distance from other centers of Jewish life; the impact of "wide open spaces" on building communities; the unique role of leaders, especially rabbis; and the West as an alternative lifestyle model.