Economics of American Judaism (Routledge Frontiers of by Carmel Chiswick

By Carmel Chiswick

This e-book collects in a single readily-accessible quantity the pioneering examine of Carmel U. Chiswick at the Economics of yank Judaism. Filling an immense hole within the social-scientific literature, Chiswick’s monetary standpoint enhances that of different social scientists and historians. She demonstrates truly that financial research can deepen our knowing of the ancient adventure of yank Jewry and supply insights into its present scenario.

The writer applies the method of recent hard work economics to envision how America's distinctive fiscal atmosphere within the 20th century supplied a context for the traditional Jewish faith to evolve to new situations. the advance of distinctively American synagogue events is associated with the industrial assimilation of yankee Jews and their swiftly emerging degrees of schooling, social assimilation, and altering kin constitution. the industrial standpoint supplies a clean perception into questions of the long-run viability of Judaism in the US. In a last part, monetary research is utilized in a unique method to spotlight the symbiotic courting among American and Israeli Judaism.

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Fairly stable from cohort to cohort. 3 received much less schooling than their sons and daughters (or even than their younger siblings), this dramatic upgrading of Jewish education levels was effectively complete nearly half a century ago. 13 These education patterns suggest that the rapid upward socio-economic mobility of American Jews during the first half of the twentieth century has been succeeded by an era of continued improvement leading to stability at high levels of achievement. The majority of American Jews are now (and have been for decades) well-educated members of a comfortable middle class who routinely invest in the education of their children.

18 Other time-intensive traditions (synagogue attendance, for example, or even daily prayer at home) can rarely compete with alternative uses of scarce family and leisure time in high-wage households. Particularly vulnerable are traditions whose timing is asynchronous with secular schedules (Shabbat and holidays that begin at sunset, non-working holidays at the beginning of a school year). Contemporary American Jews generally avoid time-intensive practices much more than did their low-wage forebears (and low-wage Jewish counterparts).

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