Religion & Beliefs

Breaking News in Interfaith Jewland

Last night I spoke/read with Jim Keen, for a group in Atlanta, as part of the Jewish Book Festival, and someone mentioned this new population study!  Making news all over. As the number of Jews in the United States is … Read More

By / November 15, 2006

Last night I spoke/read with Jim Keen, for a group in Atlanta, as part of the Jewish Book Festival, and someone mentioned this new population study!  Making news all over.

As the number of Jews in the United States is thought to be flat or falling, the Jewish community in Greater Boston is growing, fueled by an unexpectedly high percentage of children in mixed-faith households who are being raised in the Jewish faith, according to a new demographic study.

It's a big deal, people, because it indicates what we all WANT to believe– that outreach works, that a concerted effort to educate our assimilated/intermarried communites will turn the trend.

Not that we can turn the tide of intermarriage– I think we're way past that. But maybe we really can turn the tide in bored/disinterested Jews, and parents too afraid to confront issues raised by intermarriage.

It makes me really happy!!!