Let's Abandon the Misguided Fantasy of Mass Aliyah From the U.S.

Problems like the Women of the Wall and dependence on foreign contributions won't be solved by immigration – and it's not going to happen anyway.

I grew up in a committed Jewish family in a very non-Jewish part of the United States. Both of my parents grew up in the strong cultural embrace of a large Jewish community in New York City, and then found themselves raising a family in a WASPy suburb in New England.

In this town, the Reform synagogue was the only game in town. There were two clear paths they could follow - assimilation or...