Saddened By Pew Survey
Wed, 10/09/2013

I found myself saddened, demoralized and deeply concerned when reading the
 results of the Pew survey (“Fast-Growing Jewish ‘Nones’ Seen Reshaping Community,” Oct. 4).

In one decade, the number of unaffiliated Jews 
tripled, the intermarriage rate has vastly increased and the signs of all
 the other data bode ill for the future of American Jewry. At this rate, what will the
 results look like in 20 years?
The only way to ensure our Jewish future is to learn from the past. The
 only way to ensure that we are not a declining entity is through ensuring
 that our children are brought up with the proper Jewish education which 
should be nurtured further at the home. There is simply no substitute for 
this. Brought up with proper values and knowledge from a young age is our
 biggest defense against assimilation, intermarriage and loss of Jewish 
identity. 
It is up to all of us as parents and responsible adults to ensure that what
 Hitler did not succeed in destroying through a physical holocaust will not
be lost in a decade as a result of a spiritual holocaust.

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Look below at the reaction of our so called foolish Jewish leaders(Ruth Messinger?). It is not surprising that more Jews are lost through assimilation and intermarriage than Hitler's killing machine. The Jewish people need real proud Jewish leaders, who believe in" tikkun olam" of their own community, and not some misguided "global social justice".

Ruth Messinger, president, American World Jewish Service

“We see tremendous cause for optimism because the Pew study highlights that many American Jews see their Jewishness being driven by their deep compassion and powerful thirst for justice. [Fifty-six percent of Jews said “working for justice/equality” was essential to their Jewish identity.] “For those of us who are both proud Jews and global citizens, we understand and welcome the fact that the upcoming generations of American Jews want to be engaged in the most crucial, global social justice work of our time by ensuring dignity and human rights for all. By tapping into their energy, we believe that we can repair the world.”

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