by Avi Herring Over the past several decades, two of the pillars of American Jewish communal consensus - fighting anti-Semitism and supporting Israel unconditionally - have crumbled. But instead of exploring why our consensus has fallen apart and working together to find new … [Read more...] about End the Polemics and Restore Dialogue to the Jewish Community
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Writing in failedmessiah.com about the 'pay to play' culture prevalent in some communities, Shmarya Rosenberg shows how $1000. in contributions can net the organization almost nothing: I just spoke with a collector who told me that for the past 15 years or so, many cities' beit … [Read more...] about Pay to Play Fundraising: Who Benefits?
Stunning Stability: A Consistent Jewish Vote for 60 Years by Kenneth D. Wald In 1948, two social scientists published the first scholarly study of religious group voting patterns in the United States. According to the authors, Catholics, Jews, and Baptists were Democratic by … [Read more...] about A Consistent Jewish Vote for 60 Years
by Matt Grossman Thanks to their recent study on New York area Jewish teens, Brandeis University’s Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies has joined others in calling attention to the fact that teens are “dropping out” of Jewish life following the bar/bat mitzvah exper … [Read more...] about Teens Seek Something Greater than Themselves
by Edoe Cohen I was neither born nor raised in Israel. My Israeli parents moved to the States in the late 70s and I grew up in Los Angeles, where I never really felt very American. I also never appreciated or understood why my parents insisted on sending me to Hebrew school … [Read more...] about LA Jerusalem Mashup