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
Pew Survey: Portrait of Jewish Americans
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
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?