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As the recent Pew Research report shows, religious beliefs, behaviors, and affiliations are in transition, and none more than those associated with Judaism. Jewish communities are struggling with their political associations with the State of Israel, with the loss of identity through intermarriage, and with a growing agnosticism about the spiritual relevance of Torah and tradition.

Articles discuss Jewish heritage and the fading of Holocaust trauma, the internal conflict generated by the State of Israel, the surprising growth of Orthodox Judaism, and the hope of a revitalized Judaism that unites with Americans of all faiths in their search for social justice.

This topic is part of our summer symposium on the Future of Faith in America. For more resources visit our Future of Faith main page.


Featured Panelists

The Bright Spot of Orthodox Judaism

The Bright Spot of Orthodox Judaism

Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein

Orthodox Jews suddenly find themselves almost alone in retaining a firm belief in a G-d who has demands and expectation of Man, and Whose laws are known to Man through revelation.

America's Faith Flotilla: I Boarded the Jewish Ship

America's Faith Flotilla: I Boarded the Jewish Ship

Rabbi Justus Baird

We American religious leaders would do well to change the primary narrative that we employ in our faith communities so that the "nones" can find new homes.

Time for a Jewish Reformation?

Time for a Jewish Reformation?

Mark Braverman

The crisis for the Jewish establishment has arrived with the growing awareness that all is not right with our Jewish homeland project in historic Palestine.

Judaism and Social Change

Judaism and Social Change

Shalom Goldman

Jewish communities of every flavor have been engaged in two converging currents of social change, both in the realm of gender and sexuality.

At the Gateway of Openness and Renewal

At the Gateway of Openness and Renewal

Rabbi Douglas Heifetz

Now more than ever, we need to engage in open-ended conversations about meaning and belief for today's Jews.

Judaism in America: It's (Probably) the End of the World as We Know It

Judaism in America: It's (Probably) the End of the World as We Know It

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield

Everything about the history of my people and the best data we have about religion in contemporary America suggests that while we may mourn the passing of some things, there is every reason to have faith in the future.

Jewish Faith: The Ongoing Crisis and the Left Hand of God

Jewish Faith: The Ongoing Crisis and the Left Hand of God

Rabbi Michael Lerner

There will be a saving remnant, a group of Jews who embrace a spiritual, progressive variant of Judaism that rejects all forms of triumphalism and chauvinism.

A Bleak Future for Judaism: Torah Turning and the Path to Justice and Compassion

A Bleak Future for Judaism: Torah Turning and the Path to Justice and Compassion

Rabbi Rami Shapiro

What Jews want is an identity that doesn't demand much from them.

American Judaism: An Optimistic Vision

American Judaism: An Optimistic Vision

Rabbi George Wielechowski

The most forward-thinking of our synagogues and institutions are building compassionate bridges from American Judaism's past to its future.