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-»<■ I ■> THE TheOUoJewfehCteonide V ;.' A, ServiiigColumbiismtiCbttralOhiCr' " •< • ' ]eu>i'.hC0m)nunityjorQw6OYenr$ ' , * -\ VOLUME 69 NUMBER 26 ->■<.. 'VJDNB27;'l*9i M TAMMUZ S751, ./• ,D6VpTED TO AMr^fCAN-ANfJfJEWISH IDEALS 'New World Order' isn t so nevir page 2 Tracing relatives through personal ads page 3 Busche to be honored by City of Hope 1,',«-.» tyifH* ,A, page 4 •-Vy * Grandparents, crowned page6 1 (h . EARLY DEADLINES Thursday, July 4, issue '. Editorial and,Ad deadline — - , ,./Nopn, ThursdayVjune 27 Thursday9 July ll* issiie \ , Editorial deadline -~ ' '". ^oon^dnesday;|ul^ 3 ? - ' '' - * " * '_, ' . i* i . v ? <.'."',> ;( The OJC office ,>vM be" dpaoti ^rsclay, n "- -. July 4, in ob*seri?ance,x>f*Ia<lei>etidencb Day" ,. ,:^^1r*5iS'''-. * A*The. IrfY* "*\M-f*i< fW^i'a/T4 ! ""A\> .iA'.IK' ■>**,#^n ..^ ■■„.,. .,1a. , * * %"* I k ^i-WwH*- '****. x #-< * ft , voinnjunity <f. • - ♦,*>**» * * v*^jK> <L* • * « * «> •> •* W* Federation ♦ *T.C;;V/-frVrf^*^vi*Y> **-4 • * %• < * Front Pace. l.i>.\nl»>.v«tiVl<i'tiiV<i>ii> • Ljufecycle •.,«...<*,.. v sj*,, ;4viv,«'ri >.. ¥%,',, ,-> * 4© " Synagogues ..^^tV^^ySlSlS&xitS! Ohio Hist.Society Libf 1982 Velma Ave JTA© CJF NATIONAL POPULATION SURVEY Survey pinpoints successes, problems in American Jewish life The most comprehensive survey of the American Jewish community in two decades reveals that the way American Jews live and the people they live with have changed dramatically in recent years. One of the most striking findings of the study, whose highlights were released recently by the Council of Jewish Federations, the continental organization of almost 200 Jewish Federations, including the Columbus Jewish Federation, is that American Jews are now more likely to marry non-Jews than Jews. Over half of Jews married since 1985 are wed to gentiles. And nearly one-third of all married Jews are wed to people who were not born Jewish. Twenty-eight percent of married Jews are wed to gentiles, and another four percent are married to what the survey calls "Jews by choice." But while the pace of intermarriage has picked up in recent years, conversion to Judaism is still not popular. Only five percent of marriages since 1985 involved a gentile who became a Jew by Choice. Moreover, there appears to be growing acceptance, if not approval, of intermarriage among American Jews; 87.5 percent of Jews surveyed said they would accept the marriage of their child to a non- Jew. Among some of the other more significant findings of the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey are that the American Jewish population is highly educated, overwhelmingly American-born, politically liberal, consists in great part of the baby boom generation, is extremely mobile, lives increasingly in the South and West, has a strong attachment to Israel and to a substantial extent is secular rather than religious. Columbus'own Jewish Population Survey, conducted by the Columbus Jewish Federation, was released several months ago. The timing of the two surveys offers ari opportunity for central Ohio Jewry to see how they compare with national statistics. . The national survey found there are just over 5.5 million core Jews—those who reported themselves Jews by religion (born Jews or Jews by choice) or" as secular Jews (those born Jewish who report having no current religion); this represents a slight increase in the Jewish population since the 1970 CJF national survey which put the popu- Jation level at 5.4 million. The stability of the core population over a 20-year period goes against some predictions made after the previous study of a rapidly declining Jewish population. The total population-in the survey, however, numbers 8.2 million living .in 3.2 million households in which there is at least one member who is Jewish or had a Jewish parent. The Survey's significant findings include: • More than 90 percent of American Jews were born in ttvis country; * • The stereotype of the nuclear family, with two Jewish parents and children, is present in only 17 percent of 2.7 million households containing a core Jew; the Jewish fertility rate" is; lower than that of the U.S. white population as a whole; '•'' :a • There is a high proportion of elderly among the core Jews (15 percent), which is one-third higher than in the general U.S. population; • There is a high level of education, with over 50 percent of Jewish men being college graduates, compared to 24 petcentof the population as a whole. As far as women are concerned, 45 percent of Jewish women are college graduates, compared with 17 percent in the general population; >• Recent Jewish immigrants, primarily those from the Soyiet Union, have settled mostly on the East and West coasts; • • Of the 8.2 million people in a household where a Jew is present, 6.1 million are in the work force, with 70 percent in the private sector and nine percent in the non-profit sphere; 16 percent are self- employed; • Over the years, the number of Jews in family businesses has declined dramatically, to only three percent, an indication of the increasingly professional status of the community; • There are four times as many Jews who practice the religion as there are secular Jews: 4.4 million to 1.1 million; • There has been recent growth in numbers of children receiving a Jewish education, particularly among younger children; • 80 percent of the Jews by religion population have a denominational preference for the Conservative and Reform synagogue movements; • There is a surprising level of residual Jewish behavior even in households beyond the core population, for example, attending Passover seder, fasting on Yom Kippur, light ing Chanukah candles or never having a Christmas tree; • • 79 percent of Jews across the spectrum perceive anti-. Semitism to be a serious problem in the United States today; only five percent have personally experienced discrimination in a job situation; • 45 percent of the Jewish population defines itself as liberal or very liberal, 20 percent conservative or very conservative, with 30 percent calling themselves middle of the road. In addition, American Jews vote: over 80 percent of adults are registered voters, while 35 percent contributed to a political campaign in the past three years; • 80 percent of Jewish households give to' charities, including Jewish and non- Jewish causes; 50 percent of the adults serve as volunteers.. The Survey was based on 2,441 completed interviews in 49 states drawn from an initial sample of 126,000 randomly selected Americans. The pro- , cedure allowed for an equal probability of Jews to be selected from every state whether in small towns or in major metropolitan areas so that a national picture could emerge. Dr. Barry A. Kosmin, CJF director of research and director of the Mandel! L. Berman Institute-North American Jewfeh Data Bank of ..the City University of New York Graduate Center, directed the survey along with CJF Research Consultant Jeffrey Scheckner. The entire survey was overseen by the CJF National Technical Advisory Committee on Jewish Population Stud- sec SURVEY pg. 2
|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1991-06-27|
|Subject||Jews -- Ohio -- Periodicals|
|Place||Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)|
|Creator||Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
|Collection||Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
|Submitting Institution||Columbus Jewish Historical Society|
|File Size||3565 Bytes|
|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1991-06-27, page 01|
TheOUoJewfehCteonide V ;.' A,
ServiiigColumbiismtiCbttralOhiCr' " •< • '
]eu>i'.hC0m)nunityjorQw6OYenr$ ' , * -\
M TAMMUZ S751,
,D6VpTED TO AMr^fCAN-ANfJfJEWISH IDEALS
'New World Order'
isn t so nevir
through personal ads
Busche to be honored
by City of Hope
1,',«-.» tyifH* ,A,
1 (h .
Thursday, July 4, issue
'. Editorial and,Ad deadline —
- , ,./Nopn, ThursdayVjune 27
Thursday9 July ll* issiie
\ , Editorial deadline -~ '
'". ^oon^dnesday;|ul^ 3 ? - ' ''
- * " * '_, ' . i* i . v ? <.'."',>
;( The OJC office ,>vM be" dpaoti ^rsclay, n "-
-. July 4, in ob*seri?ance,x>f*Ia