Generations & Re-Generation: Implications for Sustaining the Jewish Community

New language, new ideas and new ways to define connections are needed if we are to adapt as a community to the many new opportunities for engagement emerging from every corner of our culture.

By David Elcott and Stuart Himmelfarb

In the time since we founded B3/The Jewish Boomer Platform, we have endeavored to change the conversation about aging and its implications for strengthening Jewish life in the United States. Our initial survey (in 2009) indicated that Baby Boomers are a vulnerable population, open to Jewish institutions, programs, and resources, but not wedded to them. In the ensuing years, we expanded our efforts with an exploration of the attitudes, behaviors and fidelity of the four adult cohorts in the Jewish community. This new survey, which examines more affiliated and engaged Jews in America, is a component of that effort. The study report, Generations & Re-Generation: Engagement and Fidelity in 21st Century American Jewish Life, was released late last month.

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