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.
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.
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.
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.
Jewish communities of every flavor have been engaged in two converging currents of social change, both in the realm of gender and sexuality.
Rabbi Douglas Heifetz
Now more than ever, we need to engage in open-ended conversations about meaning and belief for today's Jews.
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.
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.
Rabbi Rami Shapiro
What Jews want is an identity that doesn't demand much from them.
Rabbi George Wielechowski
The most forward-thinking of our synagogues and institutions are building compassionate bridges from American Judaism's past to its future.