MERVIN FELDMAN VERBIT (born November 24, 1936) is an American
sociologist whose work focuses on sociology of religion , American
Jews and the American Jewish
* 1 Academic Background
* 2 Measures of Religiosity
* 2.1 The Twenty Four-Dimensional Religiosity Measure
* 3 Involvement in Jewish Academic Organizations
* 4 Sociological Research of Soviet Jewry
* 4.1 Study Findings
* 5 Family * 6 Publications * 7 References * 8 External links
Verbit was born in Philadelphia in 1936. He graduated from the
University of Pennsylvania
MEASURES OF RELIGIOSITY
Verbit was among the sociologists of religion to explore the theoretical analysis of the sociological dimensions of religiosity . His contribution includes measuring religiosity through six different "components" (similar to Charles Glock 's five-dimensional approach (Glock, 1972: 39) ), and the individual’s behaviour vis-à-vis each one of these components has a number of "dimensions", making it a twenty four-dimensional measure of religiosity.
THE TWENTY FOUR-DIMENSIONAL RELIGIOSITY MEASURE
Verbit's six components of religiosity are:
* ritual * doctrine * emotion * knowledge * ethics * community
Verbit's four dimensions for measuring the above six components are:
* content, refers to the elements of one’s religious repertoire. * frequency, refers to the 'amount' of involvement of a person in religious behaviors and practices. * intensity, refers to the degree of determination or consistency in relation to one’s position towards religion. * centrality, refers to the importance that a person attributes to religious tenets, rituals and sentiments.
Verbit theorized that each of the six components could be measured along the four dimensions (e.g. ritual is measured by ritual content, ritual frequency, ritual intensity, ritual centrality).
INVOLVEMENT IN JEWISH ACADEMIC ORGANIZATIONS
Mervin Verbit served as the first president of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry (ASSJ), a cross-disciplinary organization of individuals whose research concerns the Jewish people throughout the world. He was president of the ASSJ from 1971 to 1973.
Verbit is currently a fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs , a Jerusalem-based institute for Jewish policy research.
Verbit served on Technical Advisory Committee for the National Jewish Population Study (NJPS) 2000-2001 national survey of American Jews.
Verbit has organized two academic conferences for university faculty to familiarize themselves with topics relating to Israel.
SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH OF SOVIET JEWRY
Benjamin Fain initiated a sociological study on Soviet
Jewry. After emigrating to
The study used data gathered from a 1976 survey organized by Fain. The respondents were some 1,200 Soviet Jews who had not taken any steps to try to leave the country. Fifty three percent of the respondents reported to respect religion though they did not believe, compared with thirty five percent who entertained various negative positions on religion. Eleven percent had more positive attitudes towards religion.
Verbit's daughter, Shira Richman, is a behavior therapy consultant, and the author of two books on autism in children; Raising a Child with Autism and Encouraging Appropriate Behavior for Children on the Autism Spectrum.
* Verbit, M. F. (2012). American Jews: More right than left on the
peace process. Jewish Political Studies Review, 24(1), 45-58.
* Verbit, M. F. (2002). A research agenda for American Jewry.
Contemporary Jewry, 23(1), 1-13.
* Verbit, M. F. (1996). . Tradition, 30(3), 86-92.
* Ernest Krausz, & Verbit, M. F. (1995). Interuniversity Fellowship
Program (with the Overseas Program of the Council for Higher
Education). In M. Davis (Ed.), Teaching Jewish civilization: A global
approach to higher education. NYU Press.
* Verbit, M. F. (1994). Intermarriage in the United States. In G.
Wigoder (Ed.), Encyclopaedia Judaica Decennial Book (1983-1992, pp.
57–65). Jerusalem: Keter Publishing House.
* Verbit, M. F. (1992). Content and company. In M. Mor (Ed.), Jewish
assimilation, acculturation, and accommodation (pp. 246–261). Omaha,
NE: Creighton University Press.
* Verbit, M. F. (1992). Images of the movements: Perceptions of
American Jewish university students. In M. Mor (Ed.), Jewish Sects,
Religious Movements, and Political Parties (pp. 287–300). Omaha, NE:
Creighton University Press.
* Verbit, M. F. (1992). Judaism in the 21st century. In M. Mor
(Ed.), Jewish assimilation, acculturation, and accommodation (pp.
304–312). Omaha, NE: Creighton University Press.
* Verbit, M. F. (1990). Is the morality of political communities the
same as the morality of individuals: Yes or no. In D. J. Elazar (Ed.),
Morality and power: Contemporary Jewish views (pp. 129–133). Lanham,
MD: University Press of America.
* Verbit, M. F. (1989). Children of the movement. In U. O. Schmelz &
S. D. Pergola, Papers in Jewish demography, 1985 (pp. 345–356).
Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
* Verbit, M. F. (1987). Dor L'dor: Continuity Through Commitment and
Knowledge. Council of Jewish Federations.
* Verbit, M. (1985). Children of the movements: Differences among
American Jewish university students raised in Orthodox, Conservative
and Reform Homes. Papers in Jewish demography. Jerusalem.
* Verbit, M. F. (1985).