Jews and the American Religious Landscape

Hardcover | September 6, 2016

byUzi Rebhun

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Jews and the American Religious Landscape explores major complementary facets of American Judaism and Jewish life through a comprehensive analysis of contemporary demographic and sociological data. Focusing on the most important aspects of social development-geographic location, socioeconomic stratification, family dynamics, group identification, and political orientation-the volume adds empirical value to questions concerning the strengths of Jews as a religious and cultural group in America and the strategies they have developed to integrate successfully into a Christian society.

With advanced analyses of data gathered by the Pew Research Center, Jews and the American Religious Landscape shows that Jews, like other religious and ethnic minorities, strongly identify with their religion and culture. Yet their particular religiosity, along with such factors as population dispersion, professional networks, and education, have created different outcomes in various contexts. Living under the influence of a Christian majority and a liberal political system has also cultivated a distinct ethos of solidarity and egalitarianism, enabling Judaism to absorb new patterns in ways that mirror its integration into American life. Rich in information thoughtfully construed, this book presents a remarkable portrait of what it means to be an American Jew today.

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Jews and the American Religious Landscape explores major complementary facets of American Judaism and Jewish life through a comprehensive analysis of contemporary demographic and sociological data. Focusing on the most important aspects of social development-geographic location, socioeconomic stratification, family dynamics, group ide...

Uzi Rebhun is an associate professor of the demography of the Jewish people and holds the Shlomo Argov Chair in Israel-Diaspora Relations at the A. Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is also a senior fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute. His most recent works include American Israeli...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.98 inPublished:September 6, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231178263

ISBN - 13:9780231178266

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PrefaceIntroduction: Religion in America1. Population Size and Dynamics2. Spatial and Socioeconomic Stratification3. Interfaith Marriage4. Religious Identification5. Political OrientationEpilogue: Jews and the American Religious LandscapeAppendix A1. Religious Identificational Variables Used in AnalysisAppendix A2. Loading of Questions on Religious Identification Factors: Principle Component Varimax RotationNotesReferencesIndex

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