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Raising Jewish Children: Research and Indications for Intervention

Among non-Haredi American Jews age 25-54, just 21 percent are married to Jews, while well over twice as many (50 percent) are non-married and 29 percent are intermarried. Percentages of Jews married to or partnered with Jews or non-Jews, compared to those not married or partnered, are shown below in Table 2.

Table 2
Inmarriage,* intermarriage* and non-marriage among non-Haredi Jews, 25-54

*Includes non-married couples, i.e., partners

Table 3
Intermarriage rates by five-year age intervals, for those now married, non-Haredi Jews, 25-54

Below, in Table 4, we portray a variety family characteristich by five-year age intervals, lending further granularity to our preceding discussion of marriage patterns and our forthcoming discussion of childbearing.

One entry may cause some mystification: The relatively high rate of inmarriage (52 percent) among those 25-29, as seen above in Table 2b. This figure should not be seen as a powerful and sudden turn to inmarriage on the part of younger Jews, but rather as a result of the early marriage tendencies of Modern Orthodox Jews. Accordingly, the Orthodox comprise a larger proportion of younger married Jews (16 vs. 4 percent among those 30 and over who are married) partially accounting for the high rates of inmarried among the small number who have managed to marry by aged 25-29. (To be sure, the case size here is very small.)

Table 4
Family types by 5-year age groups, non-Haredi Jews ages 25-54