Contemporary Jewry

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 134–145 | Cite as

An alternative perspective: The acculturation of American Jews

  • Bernard Reisman


The prevailing position among social scientists that American Jewry is rapidly assimilating is questioned. While acknowledging that American Jews are fully integrated into American society, the position taken here is that, rather than assimilating, they are acculturating. Data from the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey and a recent study of Alaskan Jews are offered in support of the latter position.


Jewish Population Jewish Identity Religious Identity Contemporary JEWRY Minority Culture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard Reisman
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  1. 1.Brandeis UniversityUSA

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