By Arnold Dashefsky, Ira Sheskin
This booklet, in its 114th yr, offers perception into significant traits within the North American Jewish groups, analyzing the lately accomplished Pew document (A Portrait of Jewish American), gender in American Jewish lifestyles, nationwide and Jewish communal affairs and the U.S. and global Jewish inhabitants. It additionally acts as a tremendous source with lists of Jewish associations, Jewish periodicals and educational assets in addition to Jewish honorees, obituaries and significant fresh occasions. it may end up necessary to social scientists and historians of the yank Jewish group, Jewish communal employees and the clicking, between others.
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The categories are: • Jews by religion – people who say their religion is Jewish (and who do not profess any other religion); • Jews of no religion – people who describe themselves (religiously) as atheist, agnostic or nothing in particular, but who have a Jewish parent or were raised Jewish and who still consider themselves Jewish in some way. These first two groups constitute, for the purposes of this analysis, the “net” Jewish population. In addition, the survey interviewed: (continued) 21 2 Executive Summary • Non-Jewish people of Jewish background – people who have a Jewish parent or were raised Jewish but who, today, either have another religion (most are Christian) or say they do not consider themselves Jewish; • Non-Jewish people with a Jewish affinity – people who identify with another religion (in most cases, Christianity) or with no religion and who neither have a Jewish parent nor were raised Jewish but who nevertheless consider themselves Jewish in some way.
Some, like the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, decried the “crisis” of assimilation and asked readers to join them in their work of countering the trends found by the Pew study. Others used the statistics to reassure their members that their work represents the views of significant numbers of Jews. For example, Hazon touted its work in light of Pew’s finding about many younger Jews eschewing particularism, and Chabad published a piece celebrating Pew’s finding about the “decline in denominational self-identification,” in line with Chabad’s understanding of Jewish unity.
Jews and the NJPS, see page 79 of the full report. 6 For more details, see Chap. 5 of the full report, Connection With and Attitudes Toward Israel. 2 Executive Summary 17 A key aim of the Pew Research Center survey is to explore Jewish identity: What does being Jewish mean in America today? S. Jews say that remembering the Holocaust (73 %) and leading an ethical life (69 %) are essential to their sense of Jewishness. More than half (56 %) say that working for justice and equality is essential to what being Jewish means to them.