No Apology for Alarm

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

November 24, 2014 | Jack Wertheimer, Steven M. Cohen
About the author: 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.
This is a response to The Pew Survey Reanalyzed: More Bad News, but a Glimmer of Hope, originally published in Mosaic in November 2014

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

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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