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    • 24.09.07 | 02:45 (IST)

    One challenge is that in the U.S. religion is no longer so much an ethnic identity. Irish Americans, for example, leave the Catholic church if they don't agree with it's teachings. Jews, being more educated and liberal than the population at large, are more likely to be non-religious. I bet many of the 60% who don't raise the kids Jewish are non-religious, not converting to another religion. It makes sense to make people feel welcome if you want to grow the Jeiwsh community. I know for a fact the only time I've had trouble for my Judaism is when another Jew questiond me for not being "Jewish" enough. Sometimes it was a direct question ("Oh yeah, is your mother Jewish?") Other times it was subtle - you don't have a New York background & aren't ashkenazi - are you really Jewish? So, I feel more comfortable among the secular educated Americans than any religious community. Israel has the advantage of protecting Jewish culture/identity/ethnicty as a nation, not just a religion

    from the article: Reaching out to interfaith families
    First published 00:00 21.09.07 | Last updated 00:00 21.09.07
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