Russian American Jewish Experience

Russian-American Jews: A Bright Spot For Peoplehood

07/31/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

When it comes to Jewish population studies, we are conditioned to expect reports of doom and gloom. Assimilation and intermarriage among non-Orthodox Jews have been unstoppable facts of life in the American melting pot. Given its secular bent, the Russian-American Jewish community seems like an unlikely place to look for good news on the Jewish continuity front. But as I read through the latest New York Jewish population study, sponsored by UJA-Federation of New York, the numbers seemed to just pop off the page.

Mordechai Tokarsky
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