Top 10 Takeaways From Pew Survey on U.S. Jews

How many American Jews have been to Israel? How many observe Jewish law? What defines their Jewish identity? Read the highlights.


American Jews overwhelmingly say they are proud to be Jewish and have a strong sense of belonging to the Jewish people, but are also increasingly likely to say that they have no religion, according to the first-ever independent study of U.S. Jews, conducted by the Pew Research Center.

One in five Jews (22%) now describe themselves as having no religion, thereby indicating a major generational shift in identity and practice, the survey reports. These Jews of no religion are far less likely to marry other Jews, raise their children Jewish, give to Jewish charities, belong to Jewish organizations, feel connected to the Jewish community and care about Israel.

Here are Haaretz's top 10 takeaways:

Percentage of married U.S. Jews who are married to non-Jew: 44

Percentage of Jews who say they believe the land that is now Israel was given by God to the Jewish people: 40

Percentage of Jews who have been to Israel: 43 | More than once: 23

Percentage of U.S. Jews that say the Israeli government is making a sincere effort to establish peace with the Palestinians: 38

Percentage of U.S. Jews who say that observing Jewish law is essential to being Jewish: 19

Percentage of U.S. Jews that say working for justice and equality is essential to what being Jewish means to them: 56

Percentage of all U.S. Jews identify with the Reform movement: 35

Percentage of U.S. Jews who said they participated in a Seder in the past year: 70 | Fasted on Yom Kippur: 53

Percentage of U.S Jews that say remembering the Holocaust is essential to being Jewish: 73

Percentage of U.S. Jews who believe that a good sense of humor is essential to being Jewish: 42 | Caring about Israel: 43

An ultra-Orthodox man prays alongside a tourist at the Western Wall. Wednesday, September 4, 2013.Credit: AP

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