Religiosity and well-being among older Jewish Israelis: Findings from SHARE

Howard Litwin, Ella Schwartz, Dana Avital

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This study examined the correlates of religiosity among Jewish Israelis aged 50 and older. Based on the second wave of the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe, the findings show that almost half the Jewish respondents never pray and that, on average, prayer frequency is lower among Jewish Israelis than it is among most of their European counterparts. Multivariate logistic analyses revealed that those who pray more often have more health conditions, are less able to make ends meet financially, and have fewer years of education. However, when facing ill health those who pray more often display a relatively lesser decline in their sense of well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-223
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 3 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Aging/ageing
  • health
  • prayer
  • well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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