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Audio: The Pew Research Study & the State of American Jewry

The Pew Research study of Jewish life in America reveals more assimilation and less commitment.
10/28/2013, 7:02 AM

A7 Radio's "The Derech Eretz Show" with Rabbi Elan Adler
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Though today's show has little connection to Derech Eretz, it is hard to ignore this Pew study and its implications for American Jewish life and continuity. I begin by telling a classic Carlebach story, as I promised one last week but time ran out. It really is a beauty and worth hearing and internalizing. Then, we move on to the stats mentioned in the Pew study, anecdotes about the downsizing of Jewish life in the US, some possible ways to bolster Jewish commitment, and we conclude with a gutsy quote from Jonathan Tobin of Commentary Magazine. What are your thoughts? Can things turn around for the American Jewish community? What is its hope and future? Happy to hear your thoughts at

Have a terrific week, keep that derech eretz thing going my friends, and shalom!

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Rabbi Elan Adler served as a pulpit Rabbi for 25 years in Stamford, Ct and Baltimore, Md prior to making aliyah in 2010. Rabbi Adler received his Smicha from Yeshiva University, had the privilege of being an aide to Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik for two years, was an activist Rabbi in support of Israel and aliyah, and served as the President of the Baltimore Board of Rabbis. During his tenure as a Rabbi, he was known for being an engaging speaker and teacher, never failing to make easy connections with Jewish people as well as the non-Jewish and African American community. While serving congregations, he was appreciated for being welcoming, embracing of all people, and bringing congregants closer to their Jewish heritage. For more information on Rabbi Adler visit
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