What of the Future? The New National Jewish Population Study

By Sidney Goldstein

Rabbinical Assembly of America (RA), 1991

This report provides a detailed analysis of the 1990 National Jewish Population Study (NJPS). The author outlines eleven characteristics of the American Jewish population: generation status, age composition, general education, metropolitan residence, regional distribution, migration in the past five years, intermarriage, fertility, household size, Jewish denominations, and Jewish practices. The outlined characteristics point to low fertility and high levels of intermarriage, an aging population, high mobility and greater residential dispersion, and varying levels of personal involvement in memberships and ritual practices. The author indicates that demographics are a key concern, and urges that more effective means be developed to enhance opportunities for self-identification as Jews.

Topic: Jewish Identification, Survey, Affiliation, Demography

Name of Publication: Proceedings of the Rabbinical Assembly

Editor: Harlow, Jules

Page Number(s): 3-13

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Identifier: ISSN 0079-937-8

Language: English

Copyright Holder: Publisher

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Bibliographic Information:
Goldstein, Sidney. What of the Future? The New National Jewish Population Study. Proceedings of the Rabbinical Assembly. Rabbinical Assembly of America (RA). 1991: 3-13. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=3809


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