Jewish sociological research paints a picture of a community all over the map (literally, in terms of our distribution across North America, and figuratively). Outside of Orthodoxy, synagogue affiliation is down; at the same time, day school attendance, camp participation and Israel travel have been edging upward. We are marrying later and having fewer children. Intermarriage is bringing more people into the Jewish community, but it also leads to higher levels of assimilation among their children. And all the while, the average age—both of Jews in general and of the affiliated in particular—keeps rising. What are the key socio-cultural changes in Jewish life, and what do they mean for the future of the Jewish community and Reform Judaism? Two leading scholars— Leonard Saxe, Director of the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis University, and Steven M. Cohen, Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion—will discuss their different perspectives on these pivotal issues in what is sure to be an engaging and lively conversation.


Presenters (2)

Steve Cohen Steve Cohen Professor of Jewish Social Policy HUC-JIR
Leonard Saxe Professor Leonard Saxe Director Steinhardt Social Research Institute, Brandeis University