The new report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project highlights a number of troubling trends that should concern anyone -- whether private citizen or public official.
Inclusion means ensuring everyone can access Jewish institutions and activities, and understanding that each one of us has a role to play so that all people are welcome and can participate meaningfully.
We live in a hyper-changing present, saturated with expanding choices that clamor for immediate attention. For how long will Jews continue to be passionate about social justice, morality and ethics without the reinforcement of ritual?
If we go by numbers alone, the non-Orthodox American Jewish community is facing an existential crisis. The study clearly demonstrates that we stand at an urgent crossroads for American Jewry, and presents us with a major opportunity.
Instead of searching out problems and solutions, maybe we need to trust ourselves, our heritage and our Torah, and take a moment to marvel at the strength of Jewish life that has survived so many cultures throughout so many centuries.
There are fewer Jews (except for the Orthodox). There are fewer Jews marrying Jews. There are fewer Jewish children. There are fewer Jews who affiliate with the Jewish community. There is fewer Jewish intensity.
While the media and many women's organizations focus on what is wrong with the lives of women executives ("When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail."), a new generation of women leaders are focusing on what is right.
While some naysayers including politicians and television personalities want to blame working mothers for the state of our nation, it's really the state of our nation that's to blame for these issues facing working mothers.