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Fewer Jews 'switch' faiths

Jews aren’t as likely to switch from their religious heritage as are Roman Catholics or Protestants, according to a study by Tom W. Smith, director of the General Social Survey at the National Opinion Research Center of the University of Chicago.

Smith said 76 percent of Jews retain their faith, making them more “religiously stable” than Roman Catholics (73 percent) or major Protestant denominations (16 percent to 60 percent).

Most who leave Judaism become unaffiliated.


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