Jewish Choices: American Jewish Denominationalism
American Jews have divided their religion into four parts-Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and no preference Jews. This book focuses on how Jewish lifestyles are expressed through denominational affiliation. The development of American Jewish denominations is viewed as more a matter of individual choice than family heritage. The characteristics of individual adherents of the three major denominations vary systematically as does one's involvement both in local Jewish communities and in the community-at-large. The authors show that as one goes from Orthodox to no preference Jews, the extent of religious expression, ethnic attachments, and Jewish community involvement declines. They project the distribution of denominational preference in 2010 and conclude with recommendations for those who wish to see Jewish identity survive and thrive in America.
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Denominations in American Religious Life
A Sociohistorical Overview of American Jewish Denominations
A General Description of the Adherents of American Jewish Denominations
The Components and Consequences of Jewish Involvement
Jewish Denominational Switching Permeable Boundaries Among Jews in the United States
Denominational Preferences and Intermarriage Permeable Boundaries Between Jews and NonJews
A Look Toward the Future Jewish Fertility Births and Denominational Preference
Summation Conclusions and Recommendations
Methodology of CJF 1990 National Jewish Population Survey
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