Bruce Phillips, Ph.D.

Professor of Jewish Communal Service

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school/program: Louchheim School for Judaic Studies, Rabbinical School (US)
academic field: Contemporary Jewish Studies, Israel Studies
campus: Los Angeles

Bruce A. Phillips is Professor of Sociology and Jewish Communal Studies at HUC-JIR, and University Fellow at Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California. He is one of the leading researchers in the demography and sociology of American Jewry and is the 2017 recipient of the Marshall Sklare award for his contributions to this field. He is the leading researcher on Jewish interfaith marriage in the United States, having published influential studies over the past three decades, including “Intermarriage in the 21st Century: New Perspectives” in the American Jewish Year Book. His current research focuses on Jewish adults who grew up in interfaith homes and re-examining Jewish suburbanization.


 “New demographic perspectives on studying intermarriage in the United States.” Contemporary Jewry 33:1-2, April-July 2013.

 “Intermarriage in the Twenty-First Century: New Perspectives” in Arnold Dashefsky and Ira Sheskin (eds.). American Jewish Year Book 2017, pp. 31-119.

 “Why intermarried couples avoid Jewish neighborhoods: The Case of Chicago” in Uzi Rebhun and Sergio DellaPergola (eds.). Jewish Population and Identity: Concept and Reality. Cham Switzerland: Springer.) 2018.

Interfaith Marriage and American Jews, Springer (forthcoming, 2023) with co-Author Arnold Dashefsky.

Re-Examining Intermarriage. Brookline MA. Wilstein Institute for Jewish Policy Studies. 1996.

 “Children of Intermarriage: How ‘Jewish’?” Coping with Life and Death: Jewish Families in the Twentieth Century. P. Medding.(ed). New York, Oxford University Press. 1998.

“Catholic (and Protestant) Israel: The Permutations of Denominational Differences and Identities in Mixed Families” in Eli Lederhendler (ed.) Studies in Contemporary Jewry Annual, Vol. XXI¸ Oxford University Press. 2005.

 “Assimilation, Transformation, and the Long-Range Impact of Intermarriage.”  Contemporary Jewry. Vol. 25 pp 50-74. 2005.

Los Angeles Jewry and other Urban/Suburban Research

“Los Angeles Jewry:  A Demographic Profile,” American Jewish Yearbook, Vol 86.

 “Faultlines: The Seven Socio-Ecologies of Jewish Los Angeles.”in The Jewish Role in American Life: An Annual Review, Vol. 5. B. Zuckerman and J. Schoenberg (eds), Purdue University Press. 2007.

 “Not Quite White: The Emergence of Jewish ‘Ethnoburbs’ in Los Angeles, 1920-2010. American Jewish History, Volume 100, Number 1, January 2016, pp. 73-104.

 “The Legacy of Religious Diversity in Los Angeles and Southern California,” in Richard Flory and Diane Winston (eds.) Southern California Religion Routledge. 2021.

 “Complicating Whiteness: Jews of Color in the American West” in.  Ellen Eisenberg (ed.) Jews as Whites, Jews as Others: Relational Identities in the American West. Waltham MA. Brandeis University Press. 2022.

“When Transnational is Local: Jewish Ethnoburbs.” Contemporary Jewry April 2022. 


Los Angeles Jewish history

Jews of Color

Future of Judaism in America

Blacks and Jews


American Jews in the 21st Century

B.A., Brandeis University