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  • Paid Family Leave: Celebrating in CA and Working for Change for the Rest of the Country

    By Maya Paley

    July 1, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    "Family leave, childcare, flexibility—these aren’t frills. They’re basic needs. They shouldn’t be bonuses—they should be the bottom line." --President Obama, June 21, 2014

    According to the Pew Research Center, the United States ranks last of the OECD countries in...

  • What do Bush and Pew have in common?

    November 12, 2013 | 4:02 pm

    I am often asked if Jews for Jesus missionaries are still a problem. Since most people don’t see them handing out religious tracts on street corners and college campuses, the way they did in the 70’s and 80’s, they assume that they are no longer a concern. 

    Nothing could be...

  • No faith, no Jewish future

    By Dennis Prager

    November 6, 2013 | 1:27 pm

    In my last column, I suggested a number of reasons for the rise of Orthodox Judaism and the decline in membership among non-Orthodox denominations. 

    In this column, I would like to discuss one important reason that often goes unnoted.

    That reason is faith — not only faith in...

  • Judaism vs Americanism: An oasis of ideals

    By David Suissa

    October 23, 2013 | 2:59 pm

    In the great, century-long love affair between America and the Jews, it’s tempting to assume that Jewish and American values are perfectly aligned. 

    While there’s certainly some truth to that idea — especially with values such as the striving for human freedom — it’s also true...

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  • Goy until proven Jewish

    October 23, 2013 | 1:10 pm

    “Who is a Jew?” is a uniquely Jewish question. It is a question that epitomizes the Jewish people and culture. It is a philosophical question that embodies the history of Jewish debate. It is a question of belonging that symbolizes Jews as a minority. It seems like a theoretical...

  • Open Judaism

    By David Suissa

    October 16, 2013 | 2:05 pm

    There’s a nasty food fight going on right now in the Orthodox world between the stringent groups and the more open ones.

    This latest brouhaha was ignited when the “open Orthodox” Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT) yeshiva invited non-Orthodox rabbis and scholars to a roundtable...

  • The Pew survey: What’s missing from the conversation

    October 11, 2013 | 10:48 am

    The ink is barely dry on the latest Pew report on declining Jewish affiliation and concerned community leaders are quickly weighing in on what to do to attract the unaffiliated back under the tent.  Notwithstanding all the good ideas, something, from my experience, is missing from...

  • ‘Gravity’ and the Pew study

    By Rob Eshman

    October 9, 2013 | 4:28 pm

    I have one big answer to the depressing findings of the Pew poll, but you’re not going to like it.

    The Pew Research Center’s landmark new survey of American Jews came out last week, and the American Jewish community reacted about the way Sandra Bullock does when her tether snaps...

  • Pew points the way toward more avenues to Jewish life

    October 8, 2013 | 10:53 am

    Since the release of the Pew report on American Jews, the question I’ve been asked most often is what surprises me about it.

    What surprises me most is that anybody is surprised.

    The Pew report points to a series of phenomena that are well known in the world today: identity...

  • Engagement trends are negative, but Jewish funders see validation in Pew study

    October 7, 2013 | 10:17 am

    If you’re pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into Jewish identity building, what do you do when a survey comes along showing that the number of U.S. Jews engaging with Jewish life and religion is plummeting?

    That’s the question facing major funders of American Jewish life...

  • Making an Orthodox sense of an unorthodox census

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    October 4, 2013 | 10:23 am

    The Pew survey, reported last week in major news outlets, inadvertently mischaracterizes Orthodox demographic trends quite dramatically and necessarily undercounts us significantly, for the same reason that other random-digit-dialing and surveying techniques do.  I previously have...

  • 1 in 5 U.S. Jews: No religion

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 2, 2013 | 3:13 pm

    Of the approximately 5.3 million American adults who consider themselves Jewish, 22 percent say they have no religion, according to a new survey of American Jews conducted by the Pew Research Center and released on Oct. 1. 

    The study’s findings show a dramatic increase over the...

  • Jewish atheism and Jewish theism in America

    By Roger Price

    April 12, 2013 | 9:46 am

         American Judaism has a God problem.  Actually, and paradoxically, it seems to have two God problems. One is Jewish atheism. The other is Jewish theism. Here we will look at the data and the dilemma.

         At the outset, we have to recognize that there is something odd about...

  • Understanding the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life’s religious affiliation study

    January 2, 2013 | 3:29 pm

    The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life recently released a global study of religion whose findings have appeared in newspapers and social media everywhere. Using more than 2,500 censuses, surveys and population registers, it found that 84 percent of adults and children around...

  • Fewer in the Pews: Implications for American Liberalism

    By Steven Windmueller

    March 18, 2012 | 7:07 pm

    Two leading political scientists, Robert Putnam and David Campbell, have recently released their findings related to the connection between religious affiliation and voting patterns. Their study released this month in Foreign Affairs magazine suggests that “church attendance has...

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