The Impact of Recent Watershed Events on American Jewry

(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Manfred Gerstenfeld - Watershed events such as the Palestinian uprising in 2000, the 9/11 attacks on the U.S., and the war in Iraq created major new challenges to the American Jewish leadership. The great majority of those who identify most with the Jewish community have become more supportive due to these events. The new challenges are superimposed on the structural problems of American Jewry, that include a high rate of intermarriage, low fertility, assimilation, reduced voluntarism, the high cost of Jewish living, and a declining percentage of Jewish philanthropy for Jewish causes.

2004-06-18 00:00:00

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