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Multi-Dimensional Analysis of Jewish Identity in 22 American Jewish Communities

1Harriet J. Hartman, Ira M. Sheskin2*, Erik H. Cohen3

1Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Rowan University, Campbell Library, 5th floor Glassboro, NJ 08028, 856-256-4500 x3787. USA.

2Department of Geography, University of Miami, 1300 Campo Sano Building, Suite 115A, Coral Gables, FL 33124, 305-284-6693, USA.

3Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, ISRAEL.

Accepted February 14, 2017

Data on Jewish identity in 22 American Jewish communities collected between 2000 and 2010 and compiled in the Decade 2000 Data Set is analyzed using a combination of multi-dimensional data analysis techniques. The results of Similarity Structure Analysis (SSA) and Factor Analysis (FA) enrich one another in revealing the structural relationships among the identity variables. A comprehensive analysis of all the communities together and individual analyses of the 22 communities show similarities and differences in areas such as synagogue membership, religious rituals, and relationship to Israel.

Key words: Jewish identity, Similarity Structure Analysis, Factor Analysis.

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