fewer than one-third of American Jews belong to a synagogue

From: user 9.
Sent on: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 9:11 AM
These are precarious times for non-Orthodox synagogues in New York. According to a 2013 survey by the Pew Research Religion and Life Project, fewer than one-third of American Jews belong to a synagogue, and barely one-quarter say religion is very important in their lives, compared with 56 percent of the general public. The share of Jews living in a household where anyone belonged to a synagogue fell to 39 percent. In a 2001 survey, it was 46 percent. The decline has been especially acute in Reform and Conservative congregations, many of which have closed or merged to stay afloat, even as the Orthodox community expands.

Welcome to religion in the US.  The Christian community is running short, too.  However, Catholics plus evangelical or fundamentalists Christian churches are growing.  Not unlike the Orthodox Jews, this is a good time for those who do not want to ask questions.



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