No Apology for Alarm

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

A member of the Temple Emanu-El congregation in Tuscaloosa. AP Photo/Tuscaloosa News, Michelle Lepianka Carter

A member of the Temple Emanu-El congregation in Tuscaloosa. AP Photo/Tuscaloosa News, Michelle Lepianka Carter

Last Word
Nov. 24 2014
About the authors

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.

Steven M. Cohen is a research professor at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service.

We thank Daniel Smokler, Jonathan Sarna, Riv-Ellen Prell, and Chip Edelsberg and Jason Edelstein for their responses to our essay, “The Pew Survey Reanalyzed,” and for the opportunity they have given us to sharpen and clarify our argument.

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More about: American Jewry, Jewish continuity, Pew Survey