Single and Jewish: Communal Perspectives

American Jewish Committee (AJC), November 1986

This conference, held in November of 1986, features a number of speeches on the topic of single adults in the Jewish community. The conference was held in order to prompt a discussion between singles and Jewish communal service providers, as single Jews have a lower rate of affiliation with the Jewish community. One of the major conclusions is outlined by Steven M. Cohen, who asserts in his speech 'Negotiating the Single Life,' that the issue at hand is not that Jewish singles are unmotivated towards a Jewish community, but rather that the reason why many married couples are drawn towards the Jewish community is because they have children who belong to something Jewish, whereas Jewish singles don't have such a mechanism that almost mandates that they be a part of a Jewish activity or the Jewish community.

Topic: Jewish Identification, Family, Affiliation, Community Building

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Coverage: United States

Language: English

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