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Reconstructionists Respond to the Pew Study on American Jewish Identity

A recent report from the Pew Research Center has attracted a huge buzz in the American Jewish community, and RRC offered a related lunchtime program. Speakers Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D. (scholar of American Judaism and president of RRC) and Rabbi David Teutsch, Ph.D. (chair of the Department of Contemporary Jewish Civilization and past president of RRC) interpreted the Pew findings in a Reconstructionist light. On this page you'll find audio excerpts as well as other resources.

Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D.
President, RRC and Jewish Reconstructionist Communities

Activist Judaism: A Reconstructionist View of the Pew Study (23 minutes)



Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D.
A Brief Reconstructionist Response (2 minutes)


Rabbi David Teutsch, Ph.D.
History of Studies of American Jewry and What Pew Means for Rabbis (14.5 minutes)


Rabbi Deborah Waxman, Ph.D.
Historical Context of American Judaism After World War II Versus Today (2.5 minutes)