The most effective defense against charges of racism is to embrace and celebrate the full spectrum of Jewish identity.
These numbers strengthen the argument of those who advocate more vigorous outreach to potential converts. If the Jewish community were to lower its severe ideological, emotional and structural barriers to conversion—barriers that it claims it does not have—it might find a ready audience of people open to the message of Judaism.
The data provided by this study will help us understand the role that Jewish cultural encounters play in developing and strengthening American Jewish identity in order to reinforce and expand diverse expressions of Jewish identity, as well as to better plan and support the creative evolution of Jewish life in America through culture.
Best practices to build cultural competence in Jewish communal organizations.