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Raising Jewish Children: Research and Indications for Intervention

Young American Jews have more porous boundaries than the previous generation. The social networks of young American Jews are mixed, especially beginning in their college years. They wish to enjoy and benefit from Jewish content and Jewish culture in the company of non-Jewish friends. Fully one quarter of Jews populate Jewish Studies courses in American colleges. Jewish Studies courses are successful both because they are content-driven and because they offer a mixed social network experience.  Similarly, they want to enjoy informal Jewish educational and cultural events (films, concerts, etc.) in the company of non-Jewish friends. A fourth of those who were raised in non-Jewish or mixed households, of those who had minimal Jewish education growing up, and of those who consider themselves secular Jews find their way into Jewish Studies.