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Published in James L. Heft, S.M., ed., PASSING ON THE FAITH: TRANSFORMING TRADITIONS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF JEWS, CHRISTIANS, AND MUSLIMS (New York: Fordham University Press, 2006), pp. 135-144. Copyright 2006 Fordham University Press. Used by permission.


This chapter explores the characteristics of 114 American teenagers' Jewish identities using data from the National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR). The NSYR includes a telephone survey of a nationally representative sample of 3,290 adolescents aged 13 to 17. Jewish teenagers were over-sampled, resulting in a total of 3,370 teenage participants. Of the NSYR teens surveyed, 141 have at least one Jewish parent and 114 of them identify as Jewish. The NSYR also includes in-depth face-to-face interviews with a total of 267 U.S. teens: 23 who have at least one Jewish parent and 18 who identify as Jewish. The following analysis draws upon quantitative data from the 114 teens who identified themselves as Jewish in the face-to-face interviews.

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