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  1. This all makes sense for a Rabbi like Boteach who is in love with President Obama and his Jewish hating minions, but Judaism is not that kind of religion. What is the Rabbi going to preach next, that we have a Kumbaya session at every service? The Jewish religion is a serious well meaning religion that is thousands of years old. If it was OK for our ancestors, it will be OK for us. Once we bring modernity into our service, we will lose out to Christian fundamentalism.

    Comment by Cody Flecker — October 4, 2013 @ 12:57 PM

  2. I dunno, Cody Flecker. I am officially NOT in love with President Obama, and I don't know anything good about Michael Jackson, and frankly, I opened this article expecting to be annoyed by Rabbi Boteach, who I understand to be someone with an enormous taiva for attention. But I thought his three points were pretty good — four if you count the one about getting non-observant Jews to go to shul on Simchas Torah and Purim instead of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. And those of us who DO send our kids to Jewish day school should be happy about proposal #3, as it might lower the tuition we pay in the scrillions of dollars in addition to the real estate taxes we already pay so that our non-observant brothers and sisters, along with the rest of the world, can educate their children for free.

    Comment by Louie V. Yadua — October 4, 2013 @ 2:05 PM

  3. I am not a fan of Rabbi Boteach, but to say he is a lover of President Obama is beyond any other lie you can come up with!

    The Rabbi ran for congress on the republican ticket and claims that eric cantor is the greatest of American heroes. The Rabbi is no lover of President Obama and you need to know that before you continue with your comments!

    Comment by Edward Lobel — October 4, 2013 @ 3:05 PM

  4. I think there are some ideas here, this is what happen when Jews need to compete for attention of their children so they will not loose them to a gentile spouse or a gay one ….. – the best solution for Jews all over the world in my opinion is just to come home to live in Israel – they will never need any of this hoopla's in the first place – time to come home , Gallot is no longer relevant !!!!

    Comment by Uzi Biton — October 4, 2013 @ 4:20 PM

  5. It is sort of ridiculous (yet so typical) to look for external solutions in light of this poll when the poll itself provides the solution internally.

    Judaism in America is not dying out, non-Orthodox Judaism in America is dying out.

    The solution is simple: do what Orthodoxy has been doing. It worked for over 3000 years. It wasn't broken and trying to fix it has proven suicidal.

    Comment by Gideon Jones — October 4, 2013 @ 5:44 PM

  6. why is there a photo of michael jackson here?

    Comment by Charna Carole Ball — October 4, 2013 @ 6:08 PM

  7. why is there a photo of michael jackson here?

    Comment by Charna Carole Ball — October 4, 2013 @ 6:08 PM

  8. Good but the Lubavitcher rebbe made very clear and successful campaigns. Don’t need add to what the Moses of our generation suggested and demanded. Might be a good article idea too.

    Comment by Cathatovitch — October 4, 2013 @ 8:15 PM

  9. Yes, let’s start with Jewish men NOT telling everybody what to do….especially Jewish women.

    Comment by Trudi Goodman — October 4, 2013 @ 8:45 PM

  10. Yes, let’s start with Jewish men NOT telling everybody what to do….especially Jewish women.

    Comment by Trudi Goodman — October 4, 2013 @ 8:45 PM

  11. Unfortunately for those of us raised and taught by non-Orthodox Judaism, the poll actually shows the complete opposite. Jewish men are predominant in Orthdooxy (within the synagogue and law setting) and Orthodoxy is the ONLY stream surviving.

    So…its time to be revolutionary and be MORE LIKE Orthodoxy. Not, continue what go us here and trading traditional Jewish values and teachings for modern secular ones.

    It might feel better to impose our Western, liberal, secular values onto Judaism; but it is literally (as the poll shows) killing us.

    Comment by Gideon Jones — October 4, 2013 @ 9:13 PM

  12. Unfortunately for those of us raised and taught by non-Orthodox Judaism, the poll actually shows the complete opposite. Jewish men are predominant in Orthdooxy (within the synagogue and law setting) and Orthodoxy is the ONLY stream surviving.
    So…its time to be revolutionary and be MORE LIKE Orthodoxy. Not, continue what go us here and trading traditional Jewish values and teachings for modern secular ones.
    It might feel better to impose our Western, liberal, secular values onto Judaism; but it is literally (as the poll shows) killing us.

    Comment by Gideon Jones — October 4, 2013 @ 9:13 PM

  13. Horseydoodoo Gideon. That thought process only works well if you have a penis. What about women and what they and their children might need?

    Comment by Trudi Goodman — October 4, 2013 @ 9:15 PM

  14. What this survey failed to ask was what socio-economic group these “lost Jews” fell in. I speak from experience when saying that unless you live (maybe) in Borough Park, unless you are at least upper middle class, you have no seat at the table, in any denomination. Jewish Day schools have the same cost as any other upper “class” private day school. I don’t usually mention these things in front of goyim, but really those who consider themselves leaders of the xommunity

    Comment by carolinkc — October 4, 2013 @ 9:28 PM

  15. I was wondering that too.

    Comment by Hank P. Young — October 4, 2013 @ 10:14 PM

  16. I was wondering that too.

    Comment by Hank P. Young — October 4, 2013 @ 10:14 PM

  17. I was wondering that too.

    Comment by Hank P. Young — October 4, 2013 @ 10:14 PM

  18. I think I remember that Jews were very assimilated when Hitler came to power. It feels the same now. I am Jewish woman living in a small city and in all my years (74) I never felt different until now. I’m not religious or affiliated but no one is more traditional than I and. I am learning what it’s like to be singled out.

    Comment by Judy Baskin-Nadler Fimbres — October 4, 2013 @ 10:30 PM

  19. I think I remember that Jews were very assimilated when Hitler came to power. It feels the same now. I am Jewish woman living in a small city and in all my years (74) I never felt different until now. I’m not religious or affiliated but no one is more traditional than I and. I am learning what it’s like to be singled out.

    Comment by Judy Baskin-Nadler Fimbres — October 4, 2013 @ 10:30 PM

  20. I think I remember that Jews were very assimilated when Hitler came to power. It feels the same now. I am Jewish woman living in a small city and in all my years (74) I never felt different until now. I’m not religious or affiliated but no one is more traditional than I and. I am learning what it’s like to be singled out.

    Comment by Judy Baskin-Nadler Fimbres — October 4, 2013 @ 10:30 PM

  21. talk to me

    Comment by Judy Baskin-Nadler Fimbres — October 4, 2013 @ 10:32 PM

  22. talk to me

    Comment by Judy Baskin-Nadler Fimbres — October 4, 2013 @ 10:32 PM

  23. talk to me

    Comment by Judy Baskin-Nadler Fimbres — October 4, 2013 @ 10:32 PM

  24. Well, this doesn't resonate with me. I don't go to synagogue because I don't remotely fit in. The only Jews I met that were like me were the guys I met in the Las Vegas casinos I worked in. Most of these guys were from Atlantic City. I don't think there is much anybody can do about diaspora Jews melting away from their heritage and assimilating out of existence. Two hundred years–if that.

    Comment by Jesse Kaellis — October 5, 2013 @ 12:10 AM

  25. I see my edit did not work, but to finish ….leaders and members of the community: look in the mirror, and do some soul searching instead of looking for an easy out for themselves. These poll numbers are not telling the whole story.

    Comment by carolinkc — October 5, 2013 @ 12:20 AM

  26. Good article. I wondered about Michael Jackson too.

    Comment by Karen Caine — October 5, 2013 @ 12:58 AM

  27. Good article. I wondered about Michael Jackson too.

    Comment by Karen Caine — October 5, 2013 @ 12:58 AM

  28. Cody and what is wrong with christian fundamentalism, we keep the ten commandments in our hearts, as taught by our Lord Christ Jesus who was a Jew sent by G-d and whose disciples brought us the way of salvation in Christ?

    Comment by Sientje Seinen — October 5, 2013 @ 3:37 AM

  29. Cody and what is wrong with christian fundamentalism, we keep the ten commandments in our hearts, as taught by our Lord Christ Jesus who was a Jew sent by G-d and whose disciples brought us the way of salvation in Christ?

    Comment by Sientje Seinen — October 5, 2013 @ 3:37 AM

  30. Move to Israel they don’t want us we’re out of here.

    Comment by Milton Barry Zaft — October 5, 2013 @ 6:13 AM

  31. Move to Israel they don’t want us we’re out of here.

    Comment by Milton Barry Zaft — October 5, 2013 @ 6:13 AM

  32. Move to Israel they don’t want us we’re out of here.

    Comment by Milton Barry Zaft — October 5, 2013 @ 6:13 AM

  33. Heeeeeheeeee

    Comment by Stein Hardtlem — October 5, 2013 @ 9:28 AM

  34. In regards to prayer services, here in Los Angeles you choose either a shul that has the regular Shabbat and yom tov service, or you can go to the Carlbach style Happy Minyan where they sing and dance. There's something for everyone.
    - In regards to outreach, a Jewish event for everyone on campus that spreads good values might help, and you can bring in Jews that way. Another way way to brings in Jews, is what some people do like the Klatzko family in NY who have many guest for Shabbos. Of course, if it's a lot, you can invite just one or two or three. This both inspires them towards Judaism and brings us together. With unity, we are strong

    Comment by Suzy Baim — October 6, 2013 @ 4:53 AM

  35. I think that Shabbat.com has the right idea of inspiring Jews while bringing us together

    Comment by Suzy Baim — October 6, 2013 @ 8:05 AM

  36. I think that Shabbat.com has the right idea of inspiring Jews while bringing us together

    Comment by Suzy Baim — October 6, 2013 @ 8:05 AM

  37. @Judy Baskin-Nadler Fimbres 
    Dear Judy:  You are obviously not what one would call an “assimilated” Jew.  Good for you!  How are you “singled out”?  Just because you know who you are,  attend services on a regular basis(?), you might seem a “threat” to some Jews and their condescending bad manners.  Don’t let anyone spoil your happiness.  You may say that you’re “not relgious” but I guess whatever you say or do in the outside world is kind of a threat to some people.  HANG ON TO YOUR THOUGHTS, FEELINGS AND PRACTICES, honey.    Don’t let ANYone rain on your parade!!

    Comment by mydogpeter — October 7, 2013 @ 5:38 PM

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