For years, Jewish identity has been changing in America and throughout the world.
Recent studies have shown that as many as one in five American Jews or 22% describe themselves as having no religion at all. The number of millennials – those born after 1980 – that see themselves as having no religious affiliation with Judaism is approaching 40%. Secularism has a long tradition in Jewish life in America, and most U.S. Jews seem to recognize this: 62% say being Jewish is mainly a matter of ancestry and culture, while just 15% say it is mainly a matter of religion. Even among Jews by religion, more than half or 55% say being Jewish is mainly a matter of ancestry and culture.
Secular or cultural Jews are not only less religious but also much less connected to Jewish organizations and much less likely to be raising their children Jewish. In fact, two-thirds of secular Jews say they are not raising their children Jewish or partially Jewish.
The Yiddishkayt Initiative is committed to reversing these trends by advancing Jewish CULTURAL identity and a sense of community among today’s Jews through exposure to varied Jewish programs, publications and events.