Some more insight from my gathering of Clal’s Rabbis Without Borders! You can listen here.
Rabbi Andrew Jacobs shares some of the insight he gained at his first gathering of Clal’s (National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership) Rabbis Without Borders. The focus of this gathering was on the Pew Survey of the American Jewish community that was released this month (October, 2013). Rabbi Jacobs discusses the survery results and other interesting facts on the American Jewish community – including the six most popular rituals American Jews engage in. Rabbi Jacobs also talks about how synagogues and other Jewish institutions today put up borders that keep the average Jew from affiliating with them. He discusses how powerful it is that a significant number of American Jews feel that remembering the Holocaust, living an ethical life AND having a sense of humor are essential to being Jewish today.