adj. Refers to members of the Jewish population who are not involved with a synagogue or other Jewish community organizations.
"This organization mainly reaches out to unaffiliated Jews."
"The choice of the term, 'Unaffiliated,' reflects the importance that Jews attach to formal belonging. Whereas certain religious systems place a premium upon faith – hence, terms referencing belief or the lack thereof – Jews emphasize communal ties, with belief and even behavior of secondary importance." -- "Jewishly Engaged & Congregationally Unaffiliated: The Holy Grail of Jewish Engagement Efforts," Steven M. Cohen, 9/19/2012
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Who Uses This
- Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations
- North America
- South Africa
- Australia / New Zealand
The term "unaffiliated Jews" in its current sense was in use as early as 1913. See "The Advocate: America's Jewish Journal," Volume 45, p. 391, 1913.
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