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Jewish Population and Identity

Concept and Reality

  • Sergio DellaPergola
  • Uzi Rebhun

Part of the Studies of Jews in Society book series (SOJS, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Part I

  3. Part II

  4. Part III

  5. Part IV

  6. Part V

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Irith Cherniavsky
      Pages 195-211
  7. Part VI

About this book


This book examines the fundamentals of Jewish demography and sociology around the world. It is not only concerned with documenting patterns of population change but also with an intriguing and ever-present issue like "Who is a Jew?" The latter transcends the limits of quantitative assessment and deeply delves into the nature, boundaries, and quality of group identification. A growing challenge is how to bridge between concept – related to ideals and theory – and reality – reflecting field research. Divided into six sections, the book discusses historical demography, immigration and settlement, population dynamics, social stratification and economy, family and Jewish identity in the U.S., and Jewish identity in Israel. The volume represents the dynamic and diverse nature of the study of world and local Jewish populations. It shows how that field of study provides an important contribution to the broader and now rapidly expanding study of religious and ethnic groups.

Scholars in disciplines such as history, geography, sociology, economics, political science, and especially demography follow and analyze the social and cultural patterns of Jews in different places around the globe, at various times, and from complementary perspectives. They make use of historical sources that have recently become accessible, utilize new censuses and surveys, and adopt advanced analytical methods. While some of their observations attest to consistency in the Jews’ demographic and identificational patterns, others evolve and ramify in new directions that reflect general processes in the areas and societies that Jews inhabit, internal changes within Jewish communities, and intergenerational trends in personal preferences of religious and ethnic orientations. This volume brings together contributions from scholars around the world and presents new and updated research and insights.


American Jews Diaspora Jewry Facet Analysis Israeli Jews Jewish Demography Jewish Identity Jewish Intermarriage Jewish Migration Secular Judaism Soviet Jewry

Editors and affiliations

  • Sergio DellaPergola
    • 1
  • Uzi Rebhun
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Contemporary JewryThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Institute of Contemporary JewryThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

About the editors

Sergio DellaPergola (Ph.D.) The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Professor Emeritus and former Chairman of the Hebrew University’s Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry. An internationally known specialist on the demography of world Jewry, he has published many books including Jewish Demographic Policies: Population Trends and Options (2011, Institute for Jewish People Policy) and over two hundred papers on historical demography, the family, international migration, Jewish identification, antisemitism, and projections in the Diaspora and in Israel. He was senior policy consultant to the President of Israel, the Israeli Government, the Jerusalem Municipality, and many major national and international organizations, and won the Marshall Sklare Award for distinguished achievement of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (1999), and the Michael Landau Prize for Demography and migration (2013).

Uzi Rebhun (Ph.D.) The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Professor and former Chairman of the Hebrew University’s Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, and incumbent of the Shlomo Argov Chair in Israel-Diaspora Relations. His areas of interest are Jewish migration, Jewish identification, the Jewish family, Israel-Diaspora relations, and population projections. His works mainly focus on American Jews and the Israeli population. His most recent book is Jews and the American Religious Landscape (2016, Columbia University Press).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Jewish Population and Identity
  • Book Subtitle Concept and Reality
  • Editors Sergio DellaPergola
    Uzi Rebhun
  • Series Title Studies of Jews in Society
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies of Jews in Society
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-77445-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-08457-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-77446-6
  • Series ISSN 2524-4302
  • Series E-ISSN 2524-4310
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 262
  • Number of Illustrations 56 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social Aspects of Religion
    Sociology of Religion
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