November 9, 2006
Big Ideas for the Jewish Future: The Boomerang Effect
(Page 2 - Previous Page)I was talking to a Jewish sociologist last week who told me that Jewish funders are trying to cut their losses with unaffiliated Boomers. They figure that Boomers are already lost to Judaism. They have already made their choices to intermarry or to raise kids without offering them a Jewish education. This assessment of the situation truly saddened me. Organizations like Agape have not given up on trying to inspire unaffiliated Jewish Boomers. Why should we? If Judaism tried to cut its losses every time the odds for a renaissance seemed slim, none of us would be here today.
The National Jewish Population Survey sounded an alarm to Jewish communal leaders not only about the next generation, but about disaffected Boomers as well. The message is clear. It is perhaps best described in the words of Bob Dylan, that great unaffiliated Jewish Boomer: "When you gonna wake up and strengthen the things that remain?"
Rabbi Naomi Levy is the spiritual leader of Nashuva and author of "To Begin Again" and "Talking to God"
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