As much as our community bemoans intermarriage and affiliation rates, American Judaism has never been richer.
And authorities have accused suspects of an affiliation with al Qaeda in only 10 percent of their cases.
Meanwhile, the percentage of white Catholics continues to drop, and Jewish affiliation stagnates.
1751, "adoption," from French affiliation, from Medieval Latin affiliationem (nominative affiliatio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin affiliare "to adopt a son," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + filius "son" (see filial). Figurative sense of "adoption by a society, of branches" first recorded 1799 (affiliate in this sense is from 1761).