The American Jewry demographic is only growing and becoming more diverse – The Jerusalem Post

Posted By on May 25, 2021

Behind the Pew Research Center surveys estimate of the number of Jews are far-reaching demographic and cultural trends in American society in general and particularly in American-Jewish society. We need to confront them truthfully and acknowledge the opportunities and challenges that they present to Jewish vitality in 21-century America.The study found 7.3 million people in the US who define themselves (or, if children, defined by their parents) as Jewish. Three-quarters of them view their Jewishness through the lenses of Judaism as a religion; another quarter consider themselves Jewish by ethnicity, culture or family background. These people see their Jewish identity in no uncertain terms and claim no other group affiliation.This definition of Jewish identity mirrors that adopted by the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey, which resonated widely due to its having found an unprecedentedly high rate of Jewish intermarriage, and estimated the countrys Jewish population to be at 5.5 million. The substantial increase since then nearly 2 million within three decades traces to a rare coincidence of natural growth, immigration and, especially, changes in group identity. First, the proportion of Orthodox Jews, the majority of whom are haredi (ultra-Orthodox), is on the rise, especially among the young, whose fertility rates are two or three times higher than the intergenerational replacement level.Second, a relatively large cohort of grandchildren of boomers is now entering the critical stage of family formation, bringing a large number of children into the world.

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The American Jewry demographic is only growing and becoming more diverse - The Jerusalem Post

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