What came between the pastrami and rye?
Nadel, Lindsay Devon
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Jews in the twenty-first century no longer exhibit the same intense levels of liberalism as they have historically. This paper posits several explanations for this conservative trend: an intensification of Jewish religious education, a growing conservatism among younger Jews, a growing concern about Israel’s support in Congress, and the Democratic Party’s sympathy for the Palestinians. Using a multivariate least squares regression (OLS), I test these theories using the 2000-01 National Jewish Population Survey (N=4,255). After controlling for socioeconomic variables and a host of other controls, I find that Jewish day schools and the belief that “U.S. Jews need to financially support Israel” both have a strong positive relationship with conservatism. Age was not a factor in predicting conservatism. Contrary to what scholars have found in the past, this analysis is the first to find that Jewish “minority/outsider interests” does not predict liberalism; it is the second strongest predictor of conservatism.