Correlates of experiences and perceptions of anti-Semitism among Jews in the United States

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This paper investigates American Jews' personal experiencing of anti-Semitism and perception of its extent. Analysis of NJPS-2000/2001 indicates that lower age, less education, and American nativity increase experiencing of anti-Semitism. Religious identification and attachment to Israel are positively associated with anti-Semitic experience; friendship with other Jews has the opposite effect. Contextual factors are not significant for the experiencing of anti-Semitism but living in a state that leans toward the Democratic Party has a downward effect. Contrary to experience, younger age and higher education are negatively associated with the perception of a high incidence of anti-Semitism. Being a woman, American born, and living in states with high concentrations of Jews positively affect Jews' perception of anti-Semitism. A paramount determinant of the perception of anti-Semitism is the individual's belief that he or she has experienced it. The results are discussed in reference to three working hypotheses of integration, group identification, and environment.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)44-60
Number of pages17
JournalSocial Science Research
StatePublished - Sep 2014


  • Anti-Semitism
  • Experiences
  • Multivariate analysis
  • NJPS-2000/2001
  • Perceptions
  • USA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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