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American Jewry’s Identity Crisis

Liberal American Jewish woman protests Israel with sign

Israeli commentator Caroline Glick, in her New Year’s column, compares American Jewish life to Israeli Jewish life and comes up wanting. “As the New Year 5778 begins, 88% of Israeli Jews say that they are happy and satisfied with their lives. This makes sense. Israel’s relative security, its prosperity, freedom and spiritual blossoming make Israeli Jews the most successful Jewish community in 3,500 years of Jewish history,” says Glick.

American Jews, on the other hand, are having what Glick terms a “self-induced identity crisis.” Only Orthodox Jewry is thriving with other sectors, going, going, almost gone: “Whereas in 2013, 35% of American Jews identified as Reform, today, a mere four years later, only 28% identify as Reform. The situation among Conservatives is even worse. In 2013, 18% of American Jews identified as Conservatives. Today, only 14% do. Among Jews under 30 the situation is even starker. Only 20% of American Jews under 30 identify as Reform. Only 8% identify as Conservative,” says Glick.

Seems like the survival of American Jewry is up to the Orthodox!

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