Religion and the Public Square: Attitudes of American Jews in Comparative Perspective


Publication Date: January 1999

Publisher: Center for Jewish Community Studies (U.S.)

Author(s): Steven M. Cohen

Research Area: Culture and religion

Keywords: Law; Political Behavior; American Jews

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


American Jews have long placed church-state issues near the top of their political and community relations agenda. How America defines the place of religion and how it understands the status of Christianity and other faiths has obvious direct bearing on how Jews and Judaism fare in the larger society. This study examines the points of view expressed by non-Jews, the Jewish public, and Jewish leaders on separation and accomodation through the lens of contemporary issues.