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Raising Jewish Children: Research and Indications for Intervention

The patterns of marriage and childbearing reported above combine to produce rather small numbers of Jews whose family circumstances are conducive to their own Jewish engagement and to the likelihood of their contributing to Jewish demographic continuity. Most strikingly, as we see in Table 6 below, just 15 percent of non-Haredi Jews 25-54 are inmarried with Jewish children at home, and another 8 percent are inmarried with no children. At the same time, 9 percent are raising children as non-Jews, and 17 percent are intermarried with no children. The largest category – almost a third – are unmarried with no children at home and no non-Jewish adults in the household.

Table 6
Family configurations for all non-Haredi american Jews ages 25-54