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October 12, 2012 5:29 pm

Many American Jews Seek Spirituality Outside of Synagogue

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A study by the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring shows that one in six American Jews now seek spirituality outside of the synagogue. Conducting the study between April 19 and May 3 of this year, researchers accounted for factors such as age, gender, geography and marital status.

Although three in five respondents said they fast on Yom Kippur and 46 percent partake in a Friday night Shabbat meal “at least sometimes,” many described themselves as “cultural” and “spiritual,” but turning away from congregational life.

Though many said they believed in God, they also showed commitments to issues such as Israel, economic justice and social equality. Fifty-six percent said they were “very attached to Israel.”

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  • Lawerence Kulak

    there is noting wrong with this, “to each his own”. The Synagogue is not the Third Temple and not everybody can find his/her place there. Cultural Judaism is better thatn religious hypocrisy.

  • John Galt, Jr

    56% strongly attached to Israel? Dreadful. Probably explains how Obama, a demonstrated antagonist of Israel, still counts on the support of so many Jews. Few ethnicities so consistently behave against their own collective self-interest as Jews, unfortunately. They have replaced fidelity to their own culture with complete devotion to the poorly defined vagaries of “social justice” and Progressivism embodied in the far-Left dominated Democratic Party.