Despite being a Jewish educator, I have never felt a strong, personal connection to our sacred texts. I read the Tanakh as one reads literature, though this particular series of books had way too many underdeveloped characters and a very loosely held-together plot.
Can you hear it? They’re talking about us again. They’re theorizing and pontificating on us 20s and 30s, jumping to conclusions about our Jewish identity. They’re pointing to declining numbers in affiliation with synagogues and other institutions, and they’re afraid. Terrified, even.
This post is part of our Planning for 7 Billion series, highlighting the challenges posed by a quickly growing global population. The world is growing—and fast.
I grew up at Jewish summer camp, went to Jewish day school, and have been a Jewish community professional for a decade.