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American Jewry in Trouble
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American Jewry in Trouble

What can we do about it?

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Published: August 8, 2009


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Visitor Comments: 114

(114) Anonymous, August 30, 2009 11:05 AM

It is so difficult to meet other Jews socially when one has not attended a Jewish day school. By the grace of GD during my wild years I landed up in Israel, got married to another Jew and became more observant. Many other friends were not so lucky, and they have married out. I dont know how to stop that, but one of the ways is to make it easier for young non observant Jews to meet. It needs to be a non religious fun setting, non threatening, non forceful - and nothing to do with shabbat. Maybe something culturally Jewish. I know when I was not religious, I found the whole 'observant thing' very threatening.

(113) Felix Delgado, August 18, 2009 3:10 AM

marketing kosher food at a resaonable price

Trying to keep kosher is expensive.It's eazy to just drive up to a Wendy's, Mcdonalds or a Burger King and order A plain hamburger for a dollar than to go to a kosher delli and buy the same thing for four dollars.I eat veggies throu the week and buy kosher beef or chiken for Shabbat.But I see how others struggle to save and give in to non kosher resturants.I think marketing kosher food at a competetive price can be a start to reverse this trouble in American Jewry.

(112) devora, August 17, 2009 10:23 PM

talk to their hearts

People must see Judaism in a way that appeals to their hearts and their souls. It must touch them. Why else would anyone want to be religious? Just for the rules? The long fast days? The long history of oppression? I don't think so.

(111) vered, August 17, 2009 10:21 PM

more social connection to gentiles

Most Jews go to public school, so not only do they not learn about Judaism, they learn the social values of their states and they befriend non-Jews and pick up their customs and beleifs. There is little chance for Jews who grow up with gentile ideas and gentile people all around them to come to Judaism, unless there are people who bring them as much Judaism as they would have gotten in their own religious homes and religious schools. I don't know how to do this--it would take a giant effort of volunteers. There is a charter school in Florida, the Ben Gamla school (bengamlacharter.com), that teaches Hebrew and teaches about Judaism, but it's not a religious school, because it's not allowed to be. Something like this might work (or it might make things worse, if it's not real Judaism).

(110) temima, August 17, 2009 10:13 PM

jews are unique

I don't know about older Jews--they probably weren't taught about Judaism or left it because it didn't appeal to them, but most younger Jews--35 and under--don't think there's anything different or special about being a Jew. Most young Jews came across the belief that "all religions are the same," "It's the same G-d, just different religions use different names for G-d," "all religions are nice and help people be good and get close to G-d, the actual religion doesn't make a difference," so they feel no need to be of any one religion, not even their own, especially since it's not politically correct to say one religion is right and the others are wrong or that one religion is better than the other, which is what they'd be showing they believe if they picked a religion. Young Jews today do not seem to realize that they are Jews, not Goyim. you need to get it across to them who they are and why it's okay to be confident with who they are.

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