The Amphibious Jew Project of the Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood: A Call for Continued Fresh Thinking about “old” Issues of Jewish Continuity By Rabbi Dr. Jeffrey Schein The great scholars of feminist epistemology of the 1980’s and 1990’s - people like Mary Belenke and Carol Gilligan - loved to remind people that all “knowing” is “situated knowing. I’d like to very carefully underscore the context of my “knowing” regarding the “call to … [Read more...] about A Call for Continued Fresh Thinking about “old” Issues of Jewish Continuity
Pew Survey: Portrait of Jewish Americans
Marking the 2nd anniversary of the release of the 2013 Pew Research Center’s Portrait of Jewish Americans, a highly diverse group of thought leaders from all around the United States has framed a “Statement on Jewish Vitality,” advocating strategic responses to respond to the challenges to the Jewish future. American Jewry now stands at a crossroads. Our choices are stark: we either accept as inevitable the declining numbers of engaged … [Read more...] about Strategic Directions for Jewish Life: A Call to Action
For those who work with Jewish communities in Europe, the Pew Survey led to an inevitable question: How would a European Pew survey look? By Marcelo Dimentstein In 2013, the publication in the US of the Pew Survey, “A Portrait of Jewish Americans,” gave place to numerous and heated debates in the American Jewish world. Optimistic, pessimistic, alarmist and critical reactions succeeded one another in what was virtually the first nation-wide … [Read more...] about How Would a European Pew Survey Look?
By Zohar Rotem I want to thank eJewishPhilanthropy for starting an important conversation on the issue of “Jews of No Religion” (JNRs), and Herbet J. Gans for introducing the issue so succinctly (here, and then here). I agree with the broad strokes of Gans’ analysis, but wish to point out that the distinction between Jews “by religion” and Jews “of no religion” - featured prominently in Pew’s 2013 “A Portrait of Jewish Americans” - is … [Read more...] about Who by Religion? The “Jews of No Religion” Category is Misleading – a response to Herbert J. Gans
By Maayan Jaffe JNS.org Since the Pew Research Center released its U.S. Religious Landscape Study in May, most discussion of its findings has been quickly drowned out by other news. This is in stark contrast to the much-debated Pew survey on American Jewry that was released in October 2013. Why the discrepancy? It’s likely because little new was discovered in the latest poll. According to the study, 25 percent of individuals raised as Jews … [Read more...] about Pew and the Jews, Part 2: Experts say Leveraging Poll Data Trumps Numbers