Steven M. Cohen

NYU Prof Spurs Fresh Debate Over ‘Distancing’

Do historians’ views about Zionism and U.S. Jews point to a larger trend?

08/09/2016 - 21:31
Staff Writer

In a provocative opinion piece in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz last week, noted American Jewish historian Hasia Diner vented her rage against Israel for its policies towards Palestinians, saying she “abhor[s] visiting” Israel, refuses to donate money to it or buy its products.

New York University students lay down to form a peace symbol on the floor of the NYU library in 2003. Getty Images

Conservative Jewry’s Numbers Plummeting, But Core Engagement Steady

11/10/2015 - 19:00

When delegates to the biennial convention of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism meet next week near Chicago, they will be seeking a way forward for a movement challenged by numerical decline but holding steady in Jewish engagement.

Neshama Carlebach and Josh Nelson performing at the United Synagogue centennial in Baltimore, Md. JTA

Orthodox Israel Trips Keeping Young Jews Engaged

05/12/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Forget Jew vs. Jew. How about Jew-influencing-Jew?

That’s part of what’s at play in a new study by leading Jewish demographer Steven M. Cohen that looks at the influence of an Orthodox-led Israel trip on non-Orthodox teens.

Teens on an OU-sponsored trip.  Courtesy of OU

Op-Ed: If You Marry A Jew, You’re One Of Us

04/05/2015 - 20:00

Millennia ago, before rabbis existed or conversion was invented, thousands who were not born Jewish became part of the Jewish community through a very simple act: They married a Jew.

Marc Mezvinsky and Chelsea Clinton at their wedding, July 31, 2010. Genevieve de Manio

Explaining Pew’s Findings On Orthodox Jews

10/20/2013 - 20:00

We would like to thank Rabbi David Eliezrie for describing the new Pew Research Center survey of U.S. Jews as “a treasure house of information” on contemporary trends in Jewish life.

Unfortunately, however, Eliezrie’s Opinion column also mischaracterized the survey’s results, including some findings that actually support the points he was trying to make about Orthodox Judaism in America.

Survey: A Third Of Rabbis Afraid To Speak Honestly About Israel

10/15/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

A survey of 552 rabbis found that a third of them hesitate to speak honestly to their congregations regarding their feelings about Israel.

Some Of My Best Friends Are Inmarried

Sorry for being such a negligent blogger this summer, but it’s been a quiet season in terms of In The Mix-y news — while at the same time busy in other respects.

Why ‘Jewish Community’ Is Harder To Define, And Serve

07/02/2012 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

Only about 2 percent of the respondents to the New York Jewish Population Study are “Jewish by conversion.” Twice as many people — 5 percent of the study — describe themselves as “Jewish by personal choice.”

Gary Rosenblatt

Is Peter Beinart The New Steven M. Cohen?

Forgot those 50 rabbis Newsweek has been fussing over.

Journalist/author Peter Beinart may well be the most famous American Jew these days, at least among the New York Times-New York Review of Books-New Yorker-reading intelligentsia.

Are Rabbis Giving Up on Israel? A Provocative New Study

The Conservative movement recently conducted a survey of hundreds of its rabbis and the results are in: on the whole, they're as committed to Israel as they've ever been, although younger rabbis have more liberal views about the state than they've used to.  The purpose behind this survey is clear: to assure anxious Jewish leaders that, contra the skeptics, Israel remains as vital a part of Jewish life as ever.

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