Jews on the Move

Implications for Jewish Identity

By Sidney Goldstein & Alice Goldstein

Subjects: Social And Cultural History
Series: SUNY series in American Jewish Society in the 1990s
Paperback : 9780791427484, 398 pages, January 1996
Hardcover : 9780791427477, 398 pages, January 1996

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Table of contents





Chapter 1


Theoretical Perspectives

Evidence from Past Studies

Community Studies in the 1960s

The 1970/71 National Jewish Population Survey

Community Studies after NJPS-1970/71

The 1990 National Jewish Population Survey

The Survey Methodology

Migration Data in the Survey

Analysis Plans

Chapter 2

Numbers, Distribution, and Mobility

Changing Numbers, 1970/71 to 1990

Distribution Patterns

Regional Distribution

Metropolitan/Nonmetropolitan Residence

Migration Patterns

Bilocal Residence

The Extent of Bilocal Residence

Location of Second Home

Future Mobility

Levels of Future Mobility

Probable Destination of Future Moves

Chapter 3

The Impact of Mobility on Regional Distribution

Metropolitan Migration

Lifetime Redistribution Patterns

Five-year Regional Flows

Five-Year Regional Interchanges

Five-Year Migration Flows by Jewish Identity

Differing Forms of Mobility

Types of Mobility

Regional Variations in Mobility Types

Mobility Types and Interregional Distribution

Variations by Jewish Identity Categories

The Impact of Redistribution for Jewish Americans

Chapter 4

Socioeconomic Differentials

Education Differentials

Occupational Differentials

Employment Status

Marital Status

Overview: Socioeconomic Differentials

Chapter 5

Differentials in Jewish Identification

Denominational Identification

Recent Movement

Future Mobility

Migration and Denominational Change

Ritual Practices


Jewish Education

Visits to Israel

Mobility and Jewish Identity Related

Chapter 6

Community Involvement

Organizational Membership

Jewish Organizations

Non-Jewish Organizations

Membership in Relation to Duration

A Multivariate Analysis of Organization Membership

Synagogue/Temple Membership

A Multivariate Analysis

Volunteer Activities

Jewish Voluntarism

Non-Jewish Volunteer Activities

Voluntarism in Relation to Duration

A Multivariate Analysis

Interrrelations Among Forms of Involvement

Interrelations in Jewish Involvement

Jewish/Non-Jewish Involvement Compared


Recent Migration and Giving

Duration of Residence and Philanthropy

The Impact of Expected Mobility

Relations Between Community Involvement and Mobility

Informal Networks

Friendship Patterns

Neighborhood Composition

Jewish Character of Neighborhood

Importance of Jewish Neighborhood

Overview of Jewish Milieu

Jews on the Move: Implications for American Jewry

Toward a National Jewish Community

Who is Mobile?

Migration and Jewish Identity/Involvement

Theoretical Issues

Methodological Issues

Mobility and Jewish Identity

Community Involvement

Informal Networks

The Challenge of Mobility

The Methodology of the National Jewish Population Survey

by Joseph Waksberg

Questions on Migration in the NJPS-1990 Questionnaire

Appendix C

Tables Showing Unweighted Number of Cases by Migration Status and Age

Appendix D

Construction of Ritual Index



Subject Index

Name Index


Based on data from the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey, the authors examine the high level of mobility among American Jews and their increasing dispersion throughout the United States, and how this presents new challenges to the national Jewish community.

Sidney Goldstein is George Hazard Crooker University Professor Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Brown University. He is past Director of the University's Population and Training Center and past President of the Population Association of America. Alice Goldstein is Senior Researcher at the Population Studies and Training Center at Brown University.


"The clear documentation of the creation of a national Jewish community, the description of the shifting Jewish nature of the country's regions, and the analysis of the relation of mobility to Jewish affiliation and identity are all of intellectual and practical importance. The changing patterns of younger Jews are also highlighted, and the impact is considered in terms of all facets of mobility (distance, recency, and intention). " —Sherry Israel, Brandeis University