A Portrait of Jewish Americans — Pew Research Center

A Portrait of Jewish Americans

American Jews overwhelmingly say they are proud to be Jewish, but their identity is also changing: 22% of American Jews now say they have no religion. Our major new survey of Jewish Americans explores the group’s attitudes, beliefs and practices. Accompanying interactive tools allow readers to estimate the size of the Jewish population by different definitions and quantify Jewish denominational switching.

Fact Tank Posts on Jewish Americans

A series of Fact Tank posts this week highlight data from our new survey of U.S. Jews. One explores the finding that for most American Jews, being Jewish is more a matter of ancestry and culture than religion. Another examines the complicated question of how many Jews there are in the United States. And a third looks at contrasts between U.S. Jews and white evangelical Protestants regarding views on Israel.

Media Mentions

Poll shows major shift in identity of U.S. Jews
The widespread press coverage of our new survey of Jewish Americans includes an article in The New York Times, which highlights statistics on religious intermarriage. Among Jews who have married since 2005, 58% are married to a non-Jewish spouse.

oct. 1 – the associated press
For many U.S. Jews, religion not tied to belief
The Associated Press’ overview of our survey focuses on the fact that one-in-five American Jews say they have no religion (22%). This group appears to be growing; 32% of Jews born after 1980 say they have no religion, compared to just 7% of those born before 1928.

oct. 1 – the jewish daily forward
Jews bound by shared beliefs even as markers of faith fade, Pew study shows
The new survey shows an American Jewish community “on the brink of a massive generational shift in identity and practice,” according to The Jewish Daily Forward, whose editor-in-chief, Jane Eisner, originally urged the Pew Research Center to undertake the study.

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