Connections and Journeys: Assessing Critical Opportunities for Enhancing Jewish Identity

By Bethamie Horowitz

UJA-Federation of New York, June 2000

The purpose of this study is to provide insight into two aspects of American-Jewish identity. First, the study explores people's current connections to Judaism. What does being Jewish mean to them? In what ways, if at all, do they identify as Jews? How do they relate to their Jewishness? Understanding how individuals see themselves -- as men and women, Jews, Americans, professionals, parents, etc. and how their Jewishness interacts with other facets of identity is essential in analyzing the life choices that these Jews make. Second, this study examines people's journeys -- how people's Jewish identities change and develop throughout the life course. What experiences and relationships, beginning with one's early life experiences and extending on into adulthood, positively or negatively impact a person's Jewish identity? To what extent, if at all, are people's relationships to being Jewish inscribed during childhood and how malleable are these ties later on in life?

(This 2000 report updated in 2003.)

Topic: Continuity, Jewish Identification, Generational Issues, Affiliation, Jewish Continuity

Funder: Avi Chai Foundation , Chazen Family Fund , UJA-Federation of New York

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Genre: Report

Coverage: New York

Language: English

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