Jewish Family: Identify and Self-Formation at Home
By Alex Pomson and Randall F. Schnoor
Indiana University Press
Much has been written about the groundbreaking 2013 “Pew Research Center Survey of U.S. Jews: A Portrait of Jewish Americans” that examined the changing nature of Jewish identity through the use of one of the largest samples of American Jews ever collected. That study collected data based on the point of view of the individual and the unit of measure.
In contrast, in Jewish Family: Identify and Self-Formation at Home, Alex Pomson and Randall F. Schnoor take us on a journey of 16 Jewish families in Toronto over the 10 year period starting in 2003. At the commencement of the study, all 16 families had at least one child at the Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School (DJDS). Although this was a very small subset of affiliated families to base research findings, their conclusions still provide fascinating insights on how, over the course of time, children form their Jewish identities, value systems and practices within the context of their family unit. [Read more…]