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  • Michael Chabon’s views on intermarriage are increasingly mainstream. They are also morally abhorrent.

    Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion, too — John Lennon (JTA) — On May 14, Michael Chabon gave the most remarkable commencement speech in the recent history of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Reform movement’s highly respected flagship seminary and training…

  • Fewer marriages and fewer children means fewer Jews doing Jewish

    (JTA) — On Jan. 16, 1949, Toby Fassman married Max Cohen (Steven M. Cohen’s parents, now both of blessed memory). At 24, Toby was among the last of her circle of friends in Brooklyn to marry, and several jokingly remarked that Max had rescued her from lifelong singlehood. Today, if a 24-year-old Jewish woman were…

  • Bernie Sanders is simply better for America, for Israel and the world

    (JTA invited supporters of the five leading Republican and Democratic contenders for their parties’ presidential nomination to submit opinion pieces in support of their candidate. Other responses can be found here.) NEW YORK (JTA) — On Nov. 8, 2016, if Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee, I expect to be voting enthusiastically for Clinton for…

  • Conservative Jewry’s numbers plummeting, but core engagement steady

    Data suggests that while the overall number of Conservative Jews has declined, the level of engagement among those who remain is still strong, sociologist Steven M. Cohen writes.

  • Op-Ed: For Reform Jews, some good news on engagement

    The movement, which is holding its biennial this week, appears to have the human assets it will need to confront the challenges that lie ahead.

  • Op-Ed: To fight BDS, focus on teens

    For new initiatives to succeed at beating back the movement to boycott Israel, they must target not only college students but Jewish teenagers, write David Bryfman and Steven M. Cohen.

  • Op-Ed: If you marry a Jew, you’re one of us

    If you marry a Jew, you’re part of our community until proven otherwise, Steven M. Cohen and Joy Levitt write.

  • Op-Ed: The shrinking Jewish Middle — and how to expand it

    If federations and other mainstream Jewish institutions are to survive, the population of Conservative and Reform Jews who are unambiguously attached to Jewish life must be nurtured and expanded, two researchers write.

  • Op-Ed: Conversion shouldn’t be the only path to joining the Jewish people

    Steven M. Cohen and Rabbi Kerry Olitzky outline their vision for a cultural pathway to join the Jewish people that does not require religious commitments.

  • Stop sugarcoating intermarriage

    If the community rejects the wishful thinking and false optimism that has grown up around the intermarriage question, it can stop this grave threat, sociologist Steven M. Cohen writes.