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Does the Amount of Hebrew in a Worship Service Affect How Welcome You Feel in a Congregation?

May 11, 2016

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A Pew Research Center study reports that in the last 15 years, more than half of Jews married people from other traditions; and overall, little more than 10 percent of all American Jews understand the Hebrew they can read. If you have attended services in different congregations, you know that no two congregations are alike. Some include more Hebrew than English in their services, while others more English than Hebrew. Policies and practices meant to create inclusive and welcoming communities vary greatly. There appears to be little understanding about which practices are most effective or how our different worship styles impact those in attendance.

Currently, the amount of Hebrew in a service, as well as the policies affecting interfaith families, are the subject of great debate, but little consensus. In an effort to gather data to guide these conversations, The Society for Classical Reform Judaism is asking for your help.

Your participation will help us develop an evidence-based approach to the creation of more inclusive services and communities. Encourage your friends to participate as well. Send them the link to the brief survey, listed below, through email, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media channels.

You can find the link to the survey here -> Interfaith Family and Jewish Life Survey.

The Society for Classical Reform Judaism has partnered with an academic research group at Spalding University to create and conduct this survey. We will report the results as soon as they are available.

For more information, contact us at info@renewreform.org. To learn more about The Society for Classical Reform Judaism, go to www.renewreform.org.

 

 

The Society for Classical Reform Judaism seeks to preserve and creatively renew the deep spiritual values, rich intellectual foundations and distinctive worship traditions that have historically distinguished the Reform Movement.

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