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 … [Read more...] about Can Pew Help Us Renew?
Pew Survey: Portrait of Jewish Americans
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 … [Read more...] about Ready to Prove a Prediction Wrong?
A mere 22 percent of Jews 65 and older who were raised Orthodox are still Orthodox, while 57 percent of people aged 30-49 who were raised Orthodox are still Orthodox - and the percentage rises as the group gets younger. [This essay is from "Philanthropic Priorities in Light of … [Read more...] about Orthodox “Retention” and Kiruv: The Bad News and the Good News
The disengagement of so many Reform Jews from synagogue life is a significant concern in a movement where the organizational building block and the primary conduit of education, engagement and influence is the congregation. [This essay is from "Philanthropic Priorities in … [Read more...] about The Reform Tent: Half Full or Half Empty?
The Pew report, administered after the wave of children of intermarriage born in the 1970s and 1980s had reached maturity, afforded the first possibility of an alternative look at the impact of intermarriage. [This essay is from "Philanthropic Priorities in Light of Pew," … [Read more...] about Invest in the Children of Intermarriage