The Changing Family Pattern and the Persistence of Tradition in the Jewish Community: A Case Study

By Egon Mayer

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), September 1974

The author argues that the popular sociological opinion that Jewish survival is inevitably bound to the continuity of the traditional form of the Jewish family must be critically reevaluated. To that end he presents the results of a recent survey of families in Boro Park, an Orthodox neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY. The author concludes from this data that while the Orthodox family pattern has changed significantly from the expected traditional pattern, its basic values are being successfully perpetuated by what sociologists would call a functional alternative.

Topic: Continuity, Social Issues, Family, Jewish Continuity

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Volume/Issue: Vol. 51/No. 1

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Mayer, Egon. The Changing Family Pattern and the Persistence of Tradition in the Jewish Community: A Case Study. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). September 1974: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=455


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