Alex Rosenblatt

Scouts Are Unlikely Path To Jewishness

As the Boy Scouts marks
its centennial, unaffiliated
finding a heimishe home.

Staff Writer

The Boy Scouts, of all organizations, lit a Jewish fire under Alex Rosenblatt.

Scouts honor.

Rosenblatt of Dix Hills, L.I., is a 21-year-old who never went to Hebrew school, didn’t have a bar mitzvah and whose parents don’t believe in organized religion. His only formal Jewish training came from the Boy Scouts.

“I learned a lot,” said Rosenblatt, now a senior at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. “It led to an exploration of my own faith.”

Higher ground: A bar mitzvah boy at a recent Boy Scouts Jamboree.
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