Contemporary Jewry

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 68–96 | Cite as

The impact of varieties of jewish education upon jewish identity: An inter-generational perspective

  • Steven M. Cohen


This study assesses the impact of several forms of Jewish education upon composite measures of Jewish identity for teenagers and for their parents. The analysis controls for each generation’s parents ’ Jewishness as well as for other factors. All forms of Jewish edcuation, except Sunday school, are associated with higher levels of Jewish identity in both generations. The putative effects of day school, including non-Orthodox day schools, are especially pronounced. Among adults, all forms of Jewish education, except Sunday school, are associated with lower rates of intermarriage. The likely impact of youth groups, Israel travel on intermarriage rates is rather small.


Jewish Identity Youth Group Contemporary JEWRY Jewish Education National Jewish Population Survey 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven M. Cohen
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  1. 1.The Melton Centre for Jewish EducationThe Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael

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