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Jack Wertheimer

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.

Israel: The Canvas on Which American Jews Project Their Hopes and Fears

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.

April 18 2016 12:01AM

American Jewry's Great Untapped Resource: Grandparents

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?

Jan. 28 2016 12:01AM

No Apology for Alarm

Are there any data capable of persuading our critics that something is seriously amiss with American Jewry?

Nov. 24 2014 12:01AM

The Pew Survey Reanalyzed: More Bad News, but a Glimmer of Hope

Last year’s survey of American Jews brought dire news—rising intermarriage, falling birthrates, dwindling congregations. Our reanalysis confirms the message, and complicates it.

Nov. 2 2014 10:00PM

The Unresolved Dilemmas of Modern Orthodoxy

Everyone agrees that the movement needs to rethink and revamp. Very few agree on how.

Aug. 27 2014 6:16PM

Can Modern Orthodoxy Survive?

The culture wars have come to the Modern Orthodox movement. Is a schism on the horizon?

Aug. 3 2014 10:00PM

Great Expectations—A Reply to My Respondents

Encouraging more Jews to marry Jews and more intermarried families to convert to Judaism.

Sept. 29 2013 10:18PM

Intermarriage: Can Anything Be Done?

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.

Sept. 3 2013 12:01AM