The Experience of Being Jewish: Living with Antisemitism

Sari Kosdon, Alex Keller, Jack Berry, David Stiver, Kelly Whiteford, Lynn O’Connor

Abstract


In an anonymous online study of 242 Jewish-identified participants (71 men, 163 women, 8 other; mean age = 37.8 years) living in ethnically diverse communities we found levels of antisemitism significantly associated with depression, survivor guilt proneness, and self-hate. Involvement in the Jewish community was significantly associated with life satisfaction even when adjusting for the effects of discrimination. A subsample of 124 responded to open ended questions with narratives. Thirty percent indicated feeling unsafe when identifying as Jewish.


Keywords


ethnicity, antisemitism, culture

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