Jack Wertheimer is professor of American Jewish history at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Most recently he co-authored Hearts and Minds: Israel in North American Jewish Day Schools, under the auspices of the Avi Chai Foundation.
From the founding years to the recent years of strength, American Jews have always seen in Israel what they wanted to, not what was necessarily there.
They’ve got time, money, and love to spare, and there are more of them than ever. Why isn’t the Jewish community enlisting their help?
Are there any data capable of persuading our critics that something is seriously amiss with American Jewry?
Last year’s survey of American Jews brought dire news—rising intermarriage, falling birthrates, dwindling congregations. Our reanalysis confirms the message, and complicates it.
Everyone agrees that the movement needs to rethink and revamp. Very few agree on how.
The culture wars have come to the Modern Orthodox movement. Is a schism on the horizon?
Encouraging more Jews to marry Jews and more intermarried families to convert to Judaism.
The battle is over; or so we’re told. A half-century after the rate of intermarriage in the US began to skyrocket, the Jewish community appears to have resigned itself to the inevitable. But to declare defeat is preposterous.