A Closer Look at the Holiday Group

Last post, we discussed the Involved Group.

The Involved Group is comprised of people who feel that Jewish community is important but who don’t generally share the same affinity for Jewish rituals.

Now, we are going to look at the Holiday Group, which serves as the Involved Group’s exact inverse.

People in the Holiday Group, generally speaking, do more of the ritual observance part of Judaism and less of the community activities. For instance, where 73% of those in the Involved Group celebrated Hanukkah, 97% of those in Holiday Group did so.

Along the same lines, 3% of those in the Involved Group keep kosher at home, relative to 28% of those in the Holiday Group. Compared to the Involved Group, more people in the Holiday Group light Shabbat candles (24% vs 3%), fast on Yom Kippur (72% vs 46%) and attend High Holiday Services (42% vs 8%).

But those values all start to change when looking at more personal Jewish activities, including Jewish cultural activities (like books, music, TV, or museums) where roughly 4% of those in the Holiday Group participate compared to 14% in the Involved Group.

Similarly, only 42% of those in the Holiday Group read Jewish news or websites monthly or more. This is low relative to the 97% of Involved Jews who do so. Fifty-seven percent of Holiday Group Jews read news about Israel regularly, while 78% of Involved Group Jews do.

Interestingly, despite their adherence to Jewish rituals, this group has a higher intermarriage rate than the Involved Group – 67% vs 54% – but raises their children at higher rates, 97% vs 73%.

Unsurprisingly, Holiday Group Jews are more likely to belong to a synagogue than the Involved Group Jews. But they are MUCH less likely to donate to Jewish causes, volunteer with a Jewish organization, or attend a Jewish organizational activity.

The last group, which we will discuss in the next post, is the Minimally Involved Group, which is in some ways the easiest to understand.

Stay tuned.

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