by Gary Aidekman Sometime after the publication of the National Jewish Population Survey of 1990, a sense of dread spread over many American Jews. The survey revealed a steep increase in intermarriage, and Jewish leadership grew fearful that Jewish identity would weaken and with each new generation American Jewish continuity would be at increasing risk. Perhaps without sufficient urgency or resources, the organized Jewish community, … [Read more...] about Something Odd Happened on the Way to Reviving Jewish Identity
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Remembering Kent State as an American Tragedy With a Jewish Face by Jonah Lowenfeld KENT, OHIO - At 11 p.m. on May 3, a group of marchers will begin a candlelight vigil at Kent State University in Ohio to recall what is for many a distant echo from another era. The killing of four unarmed students by members of the Ohio National Guard during a national wave of campus protests against the Vietnam War will have its 40th anniversary this … [Read more...] about Remembering Kent State
A Funding Clash Forces Choice: Food or Identity? JDC Weighs Departing From Historic Agreement by Gal Beckerman and Jane Eisner A prolonged standoff over how to direct American Jewish funds overseas has led to a serious conflict over the community’s priorities: sustaining poor Jews around the world, or strengthening Jewish identities and ties to Israel? The debate over which of these two needs is more deserving of the dwindling dollars … [Read more...] about Is JDC Bucking the System?
by Lee Wunsch What is “community”? This is a difficult question to ask and, today, for many Jewish Federations, it is an existential one as well. Since the dawn of the Jewish Federation system we have led the Jewish people through their darkest hours and brightest moments. We helped build the State of Israel. We rescued Jews in peril around the world. We developed local infrastructures of social services and educational institutions … [Read more...] about What About Our Future?
by Robert I. Evans and Avrum D. Lapin Rabbi Amy Feder will become the seventh senior rabbi of Congregation Temple Israel of St. Louis, Missouri, on July 1, 2010, succeeding Rabbi Mark Shook, who is retiring. At the age of 31, she becomes the youngest female Senior Rabbi to serve a large Reform congregation. To gain some insights into her plans, we spoke with Rabbi Feder, who herself is a fourth generation member of Temple Israel. Even though … [Read more...] about A New Young Rabbi Takes the Helm