By Rabbi Rami Shapiro and Rabbi Robert B. Barr On October 1st in response to the second anniversary of the 2013 Pew Research Center’s Portrait of Jewish Americans, “a highly diverse group of thought leaders from around the United States” released a Statement on Jewish Vitality. This brief essay is a response to that Statement. The Statement opens with the claim that American Jewry now stands at a crossroads. Our choices are stark: we either … [Read more...] about A Response to the Statement on Jewish Vitality
Statement on Jewish Vitality
By Rabbi Gordy Fuller In both the articles and the reactions to the recently published Statement on Jewish Vitality, the conversation has been centered around the now two-year old Pew Research Center’s “Portrait of American Judaism.” But I wonder if we are all focusing on the wrong Pew study as we plan for Jewish America’s future. I found their recent Religious Landscape Study, particularly the chapter on religious switching, to be more … [Read more...] about Maybe We’re Looking At the Wrong Pew
By Roberta Rosenthal Kwall Any lawyer will tell you that language matters. As a legal academic who writes in the field of Jewish law and culture, I have been following the commentary and articles responding to the Call to Action. As I read last week’s parsha Noah, particularly the narrative about the Tower of Babel, it occurred to me that a major problem with much of the discourse concerning the future of American Judaism is that everyone is … [Read more...] about A Law-Culture Perspective on the Future Vision of the American Jewish Community
The vitality of American Judaism will depend on nurturing talented and thoughtful people... By Daniel Lehmann I have a great deal of respect for many of the signatories to the Statement on Jewish Vitality recently released. However, in many ways I think it reflects 20th century thinking about Jewish vitality when we need to be thinking in 21st century terms. I don’t disagree with all of the particular recommendations that are outlined in … [Read more...] about Statement on Jewish Vitality: What does a Compelling Vision and Strategy for the Future Require?
By Clare Goldwater The recent policy piece “Strategic Directions for Jewish Life: A Call to Action” offers a credible roadmap for the next decade, at least, for the American Jewish community. And its signatories offer much food for thought for those of us engaged in Jewish education and leadership. As I read the piece I was disappointed in its parochial tone, in the concern expressed only for American Jews, in the narrow way that American … [Read more...] about A Strategic Direction for Jewish Life through the Lens of Global Jewish Collectivity