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Building a Jewish Home Quiz

A Jewish home has many unique features, and it is a key space for Jewish identity formation in families. How much do you know about Jewish home and family practices, rituals, and demographics?

Question 1. According to researchers Steven M. Cohen and Arnold M. Eisen, couples with different levels of Jewish observance
 Have a higher divorce rate than the rest of the population
 Almost always eat in non-kosher restaurants on vacation
 Tend to become less observant when they have children
 Often compromise on a level of kashrut that is mutually workable in the home, but observe Shabbat in different ways


Question 2. According to the 2000 National Jewish Population Study, what percentage of Jewish households have an adopted child?


Question 3. Which of these statements best describes the stance of the organized Jewish community vis-a-vis interfaith families?
 Interfaith families are viewed with suspicion
 Interfaith families are actively recruited for all aspects of Jewish communal affiliation
 Some people/institutions embrace interfaith families in hopes the children will become active in the Jewish community; others are less welcoming
 The organized Jewish community does not concern itself with interfaith families


Question 4. True or false: A higher percentage of Jewish men than Jewish women marry a non-Jewish partner.


Question 5. Other than a space for prayer, what might a synagogue house?
 A study hall
 A ritual bath
 A gym
 All of the above


Question 6. Why is nurturing a family considered of utmost importance in Jewish tradition?
 Because the first mitzvah in the Torah relates to having children
 Because creating a family has a lasting impact on the greater community
 Because having children and instilling Jewish values in them is seen as a counterbalance to the shrinking Jewish populace
 All of the above


Question 7. What is a reason that adoption is on the rise in the Jewish community?
 Jewish babies in China are looking for Jewish homes in America
 Jewish women do not want to be pregnant
 Couples are waiting longer than in the past to get married and have children, increasing fertility problems
 All of the above