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Tag: Jewish Continuity
April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pmHillel centers on university campuses were viewed not long ago as little more than the local Jewish hangout, a place where students could come for kosher meals or socialize with other Jews.
March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pmThree new scholarly reports on intermarriage argue for increasing Jewish educational opportunities, encouraging Jewish behaviors among both intermarried and inmarried Jews and opening the doors even further to intermarried couples and their children.
One report, the result of a new...
March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pmA study by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life shows that Americans are switching religions more than ever. As many as one of every two adults does not practice the religion in which they were born or raised.
Evangelical and nondenominational Protestantism are the winners....
November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pmIn 1985, Robert Bellah co-authored a book titled "Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life," which highlighted the centrality
of personal autonomy and individual choice in the United States. As an example of this widespread phenomenon, he described a nurse,...
November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm
August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pmOne of my "headmasters for the day" this year was a first-grader. In case you don't know it, there's a big difference between first- graders, sixth-graders and eighth-graders. Sixth-graders will say what they think you want to hear. Eighth-graders will say just the opposite of what...
August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm
August 9, 2007 | 12:00 pmI know too many beautiful, brilliant single Jewish women in their 30s and 40s.
I hear too many stories about the lack of available Jewish men, the first dates who are too lost or too pathetic, the fights over marriage and children that end the relationship and send the woman, now a...
August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm
August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pmI just spent two days listening to some of the most brilliant and famous Jewish scholars, rabbis and thinkers in the world discuss the question "Why Be Jewish?" and they didn't give me one clear answer.
And that's funny, because even before I came to the conference, I knew the...
July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pmYou can't talk about Jewish philanthropy without talking about Jewish priorities. For many years now, a huge priority for the American Jewish community has been to fight assimilation -- what is elegantly called "Jewish continuity." It's a priority that is rarely challenged. How do...
July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pmThe Jewish world has a problem with the way Renee Kaplan defines herself: half-Jewish. Kaplan, a television producer in her mid-30s, is the daughter of a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother who was raised Jewish.
"I've had endlessly to defend my half-Jewishness: resist rabbis who...
July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pmIt was one of the stranger events I've attended since I moved to the hood.
A friend sent me an e-mail telling me I "can't miss" this Jerusalem rabbi's one-man show Sunday night at Beth Jacob Congregation. I opened the e-mail a few minutes before show time, so, on a whim, I ran over...
June 21, 2007 | 8:00 pm
June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm
The grunion were running last weekend, so I went down to the Venice Beach breakwater just before midnight to watch them mate. The sight of thousands of slim, silvery fish wiggling desperately out of the surf and struggling to spawn before the next wave crashed upon them made me...
May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm
March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pmCharles Dickens' classic, "A Tale of Two Cities," begins with the famous line: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Sociologist Steven Cohen's new study on intermarriage has a similar title but a different spirit.
Ignoring positive recent evidence from Boston and...
September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm
The call for "Jewish continuity" sounded by American Jewish communal leaders more than a decade ago as an antidote to rising intermarriage rates and other signs of weakening identity has spawned a veritable industry aimed at making American Jews more Jewish. There has been an...
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