Religious Life

Religious Life

Our studies in religious life fall into two categories: synagogues and intermarriage.

With current rates of intermarriage among Jews hovering at almost 60%, intermarriage plays an increasingly important role in shaping American Jewish life. 

CMJS researchers have explored the experience of intermarried families in synagogues, how young adults raised by intermarried parents think about their Jewish identity and relationship to the Jewish community, and the evolution of policy regarding rabbinic officiation of weddings between Jews and non-Jews.

How synagogues function and evolve has been the subject of CMJS research since 1995. Hundreds of congregational evaluations have been conducted through the United States. CMJS is currently working with Synergy/UJA-Federation on its Thriving Synagogue project, which provides measurement tools for synagogues to evaluate where they stand on various dimensions of thriving.