Jack Wertheimer is professor of American Jewish history at the Jewish Theological Seminary. His latest book, The New American Judaism: How Jews Practice their Religion Today, has been issued recently as a paperback.
No one should confuse the short-term impact of the pandemic with the decades-long erosion of Jewish religious participation.
It’s been a year since most American synagogues closed their doors. Will the practices they adopted to survive undermine their prospects when the pandemic ends?
After being written off for years as slow and outmoded, Jewish federations and other large institutions are proving themselves indispensable in their response to COVID-19.
In the third and final episode of our podcast series, the eminent scholar of American Jewish life brings us into the typical synagogue to show how deeply it’s changing.
Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox look much different from the way they appeared fifty years ago. In part two of our conversation, we look at what’s changed.
The eminent historian of American Jewish life stops by to talk about the findings in his latest book The New American Judaism: How Jews Practice Their Religion Today.
To avoid that fate, rabbis and synagogues might begin by acknowledging where and how Judaism differs, and proceed from there.
What happens when, once a year, the urge to accommodate every consumer fashion meets massive Jewish cultural illiteracy?
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.