Jewish Identification and Jewish Fertility in the Chicago Jewish Community

By Bernard Lazerwitz

Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, 1977

This report attempts to investigate the relationships among fertility and religio-ethnic measures, presenting an analysis of Jewish fertility data from a probability sample of Chicago area Jews. The report argues that there is no general association between levels of identification and family size or child spacing for Chicago area Jews now in the child-bearing years; for them fertility behavior is not defined as a Jewish "issue." The author argues that in matters of fertility behavior the present and expected future results of this project indicate no general relation between fertility and Jewish identification after Jews adjust to modern society. Thus the author suggests that because the thrust of modern society toward the small family is strong, religious (and Jewish) values must adjust to the necessity of the small size family.

Topic: Jewish Identification, Demography, Assimilation, Fertility

Name of Publication: Jewish Population Studies (Papers in Jewish Demography)

Editor: DellaPergola, Sergio , Glikson, Paul , Schmelz, Uziel

Page Number(s): 207-218

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Genre: Report

Coverage: Chicago, Illinois

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Lazerwitz, Bernard. Jewish Identification and Jewish Fertility in the Chicago Jewish Community. Jewish Population Studies (Papers in Jewish Demography). Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry. 1977: 207-218. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=3927


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