ABSTRACT

Jewish Holidays: Fact Sheet [October 31, 2017]   [open pdf - 139KB]

From the Document: "Judaism is one of the three major Abrahamic faiths, alongside Islam and Christianity. Many traditions and variations of Judaism are practiced in the United States, including cultural and religious variations. According to the Pew Research Center, about 2.2% of Americans (6.7 million people) self-identify as religiously or culturally Jewish. Roughly 22% of American Jews describe themselves as culturally, but not religiously, Jewish. This fact sheet highlights four major cultural and religious holidays (Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Hanukkah) observed by a significant portion of Jewish American populations and addresses the ways that these holidays have been recognized by elected officials. It does not include national holidays recognizing modern Israeli history. This fact sheet is designed to assist congressional offices with work related to Jewish holidays. It contains sample speeches and remarks from the Congressional Record, presidential proclamations and remarks, and selected historical and cultural resources."

Report Number:
CRS Report for Congress, R45002
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2017-10-31
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Public Domain
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Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html
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