By Herbert J Gans The study "A Portrait of Jewish Americans" issued by the Pew Research Center in October 2013 has been widely discussed and debated. However, one piece of the portrait deserves further, discussion; the so called JNRs, Jews of No Religion who do not identify with or are not connected to any religion. They are probably the fastest growing non orthodox sector of the American Jewish community, and Part Two of this article will … [Read more...] about Jews of No Religion and the Future of American Jewry
Pew Survey: Portrait of Jewish Americans
By Nancy Parkes I have read the reports and the responses. I have attended meetings and have discussed the findings of the Pew report with many of my colleagues and with experts in the field, all whom I would define as people who care deeply about the future of Jewish life in America. And, like many others, I am concerned about the Jewish future. But not in the way you may think. It is clear from the findings of the Pew Report that we … [Read more...] about One Educator’s Response….. on the Findings of the Pew Report and the Jewish Future
The very people who are reading and talking about the Pew study are by in large, the people who are already engaged and not the ones that we need to try and be reaching. By Sam Aboudara On Sukkot, we remember the several decades that the Israelites spent journeying through a hostile environment in search of a promised land that they believed to exist at the end of their travels. During this time, our ancestors took shelter in temporary … [Read more...] about Who Will You Be Welcoming Into Your Sukkah?
By Rabbi Hayim Herring We're less than a week away from Rosh ha-Shanah, the peak season for personal introspection and communal reflection. Reflection on the American Jewish community leads me back to almost a year ago, when the Pew’s Study, A Portrait of Jewish Americans, was released. In speaking with two colleagues the other day about a program involving my forthcoming book, Keeping Faith in Rabbis. A Community Conversation About Rabbinical … [Read more...] about Can Pew Help Us Renew?
What does a more perfect Jewish world look like in the eyes of the Conservative Movement? And how does that world intersect with and influence the broader world? [This essay is from "Philanthropic Priorities in Light of Pew," reprinted with permission from Contact, a publication of The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life.] By Rabbi Hayim Herring The Reform and Conservative Movements are accidents of history and will disappear within 50 … [Read more...] about Ready to Prove a Prediction Wrong?