Forging Jewish identity

A multi-year study shows how family involvement – separate from education – impacts Jewish development

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August 2, 2018 14:58
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AN INTERFAITH family light a hanukkia in their home in Florida – alongside their Christmas tree

AN INTERFAITH family light a hanukkia in their home in Florida – alongside their Christmas tree. (photo credit: BARBARA CORBELLINI DUARTE/SUN SENTINEL/TNS)

 
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How do children who attended the same Jewish day school wind up with completely different levels of Jewish observance and engagement?

The answer – or more correctly, answers – to this frequently asked question must take into account a variety of individual, educational, communal, cultural and familial factors. Research consultant Alex Pomson and sociologist Randal F. Schnoor focus on familial factors in Jewish Family: Identity and Self-Formation at Home.

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