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October 12, 2012 5:29 pm
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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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