Bloom Family Memorial Lecturewith Professor Steven M. Cohen
The Shrinking Jewish Middle
with Professor Steven M. Cohen
Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 7:30 PM
Free and Open to the Community!
America, some say, has been too good to the Jews. We’ve achieved unprecedented acceptance and success, but personal involvement in Jewish life is ebbing. Synagogue membership is heading down. Despite Birthright, connection to Israel remains key only among older Jews. The strong post-War “middle” of American Jewry is shrinking.
What does this mean, and what can we do about it?
No one has thought about this more than demographer Steven Cohen, Professor of Social Policy at the Hebrew Union College and Director of Berman Jewish Policy Archive at Stanford University. A one-time member of the Hebrew University, CUNY and Yale faculties, a National Jewish Book Award winner and twice named to the Forward Fifty, his research has focused on the many forces which influence American Jewry. He was a consultant to the recently conducted Pew Study of American Jews.
In this year’s Bloom Lecture, Prof. Cohen will discuss the Shrinking Jewish Middle, review the good and (more) not-so-good communal responses he has studied, and offer thoughts on what can be done to preserve the health and well-being of Jews in America.
Supported by the Bloom Family Memorial Lecture Fund