Contemporary Jewry

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 21–57 | Cite as

The implications of potential boundaries and definitions for understanding American Jewry: Can one size fit all?

  • Frank L. Mott
  • Diane B. Patel


This paper utilizes data from the 2000–2001 National Jewish Population Survey to explore (1) the extent that alternate Jewish population boundaries and related concepts impact on interpretations of American Jewry and (2) tradeoffs between population size, population characteristics, and the potential dynamics of population change based on defining the population more or less broadly. The focus is on how alternative boundaries and definitions impact not only on population size, but intermarriage and Jewish child raising propensities for individuals passing through the childbearing years.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyThe Ohio State UniversityColumbus

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