Family and Identity: Marshall Sklare, the Social Scientific Study of America’s Jews, and Jewish Communal Policy

  • Chaim I. WaxmanEmail author


The contents of Contemporary Jewry, the journal of Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ), are examined in an effort to evaluate arguments of overemphasis on the issues of intermarriage, fertility, and continuity. The findings do not indicate such an overemphasis. A socio-historical account of the field of the social scientific study of American Jewry, including an analysis of the perspectives of the new discipline’s pioneer, Marshall Sklare, is then presented in an effort to explain how and why the issues of intermarriage and birth rates became central to the research of some of the major figures in ASSJ and the field in general.


Intermarriage Fertility Contemporary Jewry (CJ) Marshall Sklare Family Demography 



The author thanks Uzi Rebhun, Jonathan Sarna, and Nadia Beider for the critical reading and helpful comments on previous versions of this article.


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  1. 1.Department of Behavioral SciencesHadassah Academic CollegeJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Rutgers University (Emeritus)New BrunswickUSA

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