Rescheduled for Monday, April 16, 7:30 PM ( postponed from March 7th due to the “Nor’easter”) , Temple B'nai Abraham's Bloom Family Memorial Lecture Fund will present "The Shrinking Jewish Middle," with Professor Steven M. Cohen, Research Professor of Social Policy at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York (HUC-JIR) and Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at Stanford University. The temple is located at 300 E Northfield Road, Livingston, entrance on East Cedar Street.
America, some say, has been too good to the Jews. We've achieved unprecedented acceptance and success, but personal involvement in Jewish life is ebbing. Synagogue membership is heading down. Despite Birthright, connection to Israel remains key only among older Jews. The strong post-War "middle" of American Jewry is shrinking.
What does this mean, and what can we do about it?
No one has thought about this more than demographer Professor Steven Cohen. In this year's Bloom Lecture, Prof. Cohen will discuss "The Shrinking Jewish Middle," review the good and (more) not-so-good communal responses he has studied, and offer thoughts on what can be done to preserve the health and well-being of Jews in America.
A one-time member of the Hebrew University, CUNY and Yale faculties, a National Jewish Book Award winner and twice named to the Forward Fifty, his research has focused on the many forces which influence American Jewry. He was a consultant to the recently conducted Pew Study of American Jews.
This event, supported by the Bloom Family Memorial Lecture Fund, is free and open to the community. Register online at www.tbanj.org or call 973.994.2290.