Janelle Wong is an Associate Professor of American Studies and the Director of Asian American Studies at University of Maryland in College Park, MD. Her research focuses on race, immigration, and political mobilization. Dr. Wong is the author of Democracy’s Promise: Immigrants and American Civic Institutions (2006, University of Michigan Press) and co-author of two books on Asian American politics. She is currently working on a book about the impact Asian American and Latino evangelical Christians will have on the traditional conservative Christian movement and immigrant political participation. Recently, PRRI had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Wong in depth about some of the 2014 American Values Survey’s findings on Asian Americans.
In the Jewish tradition, the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are a time for reflection, repentance and atonement. Most Jews consider these to be the most important to their faith, but PRRI data shows that age plays a role in determining which holidays Jews find personally significant.
A majority of older Jewish Americans (53%) say Yom Kippur is the most important Jewish holiday, compared to just more than one-third (37%) of younger Jewish Americans. In contrast, 2-in-10 younger Jewish Americans (20%) say Hanukkah is the most important Jewish holiday, more than three times the number of older Jewish Americans (6%). Age does not have the same affect on other holidays, with comparable percentages of older and younger Jewish Americans selecting Rosh Hashanah (9% vs. 11%), Passover (24% vs. 21%), and assorted other holidays (9% vs. 11%).