American Jews Losing Their Religion
22% now consider themselves non-religious Jews
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2013 3:42 AM CDT
The Touro Synagogue in Newport, RI is the oldest existing Jewish house of worship in the United States.    (AP Photo/Eric J. Shelton, File)

(Newser) – America has by far the world's largest Jewish population of any country save Israel, but the proportion of them who consider themselves non-religious Jews has surged to 22%, according to a new poll. Around two-thirds of those interviewed did not belong to a synagogue and a third had a Christmas tree in their homes last year, reports the New York Times. The rate of intermarriage with non-Jews has soared to 71% for non-Orthodox Jews, and 58% for the Jewish population as a whole.

The poll found that Orthodox Jews are on course to make up a much bigger share of America's Jewish population. Researchers predict increasing polarization between religious Jews and Jews who consider themselves Jewish because of ancestry and culture but not religion. The non-religious Jews "are not connected to Jewish life the way their parents or grandparents were," the president of the Wexner Foundation philanthropy group tells Reuters, but "I don't think this means we count them out. "

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Barney_Vincelette
Oct 2, 2013 6:03 AM CDT
One thing that cost not just orthodox religions in general to lose credibility was their attitude towards smoking; in Delaware when the public smoking ban went into effect both the synagogs and the Catholic diocese filed for an exemption from the law against indoor smoking in public places. Also, many religions are sponsored by unwholesome corporations. Coke Cola machines are welcome in too many churches and they sponsor a religious junk culture festival called "Lamb Jam" every few years. The few that stand up to the corporate giants do not make as much money as the more commercially successful religions.
angelakolios
Oct 1, 2013 1:17 PM CDT
Hollywood liberal Jews are anti-Israel. Why else would they have given money to the Obama campaign and help elect Obama? If they were pro-Israel they would have elected someone that would worry about Israel's safety in regards to Iran. Netanyahu has come to America begging the Hollywood Jewish liberals for help.
reallybig
Oct 1, 2013 10:48 AM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD..... You have more "fun and sex with others" .. if you're not religious..... REALLY