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Jane Abrams was in her 50s when she finally had a bat mitzvah, the Jewish coming of age ritual commonly celebrated at 13. For her speech, inspired by a passage in the Torah, she decided to extrapolate on the meaning of the latter six of the Ten Commandments."I don't care about the first four," said Abrams, now 68. "The first four have to do with God, and I don't know if there is one. I'll find out when I get there."Instead, Abrams chose to emphasize the laws that focus on how to treat fellow man for instance, not to murder, steal or bear false witness.Her reason for leaving God out of it? "I'm a social Jew," Abrams said.Like Abrams, an increasing number of adults in the United States identify as Jewish not on the basis of religion, Torah or law, but on culture, ancestry, ethics or community. In fact, only 15 percent of American Jews say religion is the element that makes them Jewish, according to a major survey of American Jews by the Pew Research Center, released in October.About one in five of Jews (22 percent) describes himself or herself as atheist, agnostic or having no particular religion. That number grows to 32 percent among millennials born after 1980. And nearly a third of Jews (30 percent) are unaffiliated with the Orthodox, Conservative or Reform movements.This trend away from religious affiliation is not unique to the Jewish community. Americans as a whole are increasingly avoiding religious institutions. A similar 20 percent of all Americans say they are of no religion.The sweeping demographic survey, the first of its kind in a decade, has drawn attention to a shift in Jewish identity in America. It has also alarmed Jewish communities nationwide for its finding that people in this broadening group of secular Jews are less connected to Jewish organizations and are less likely to raise children Jewish.In Des Moines, the survey has drawn criticism from some Jewish leaders, while inspiring others to take action to prevent assimilation from overtaking future generations."This type of survey commands our attention to tell us we can't avoid grappling with the realities of modern Jewish life, which in many cases will change over the next generations," said Mark Finkelstein, spokesman for the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines."We have to be prepared to allow the types of changes and the stabilities that will keep the Jewish people moving forward as we always have," Finkelstein said. "Everybody is grappling with this in order to try to make their religion and culture as vital as possible."Reactions to results vary by movementApproaches in addressing these changes in Jewish identity vary by institution."The problem is people are trying to figure out what the survey means as far as policy and programming, and the answer to that is that there's Skechers Boys

no one single implication, and there are contradictory implications," said Rabbi David Kaufman, of Temple B'nai Jeshurun, Des Moines' Reform synagogue."The Orthodox essentially are saying we need to strongly enforce Jewish identity, and the welcoming attitude of the Reform movement is causing all these problems. And the Reform movement's response is we have to be more welcoming, and their (the Orthodox) negative attitude toward interfaith marriage is chasing people Mbt Leather Boots away," Kaufman said. "Obviously they are not in line."For the Reform movement in Des Moines, the survey does not represent a crisis, but an opportunity, Kaufman said."The reality is that we deal with the world that's in front of us," Kaufman said. "My belief is that we adapt to the needs of our community. And if the community moves in a certain direction, that's how we move."But Rabbi A. Leib Bolel, of Des Moines' Orthodox synagogue, Beth El Jacob, sees the survey's findings as a red flag. "People don't know where to categorize themselves. There's a huge segment that has been missed."A lack of education about Jewish culture, history and law from a young age has fueled the decline, Bolel said."To be a Jew, one is born Jewish. But to understand the culture, understand the 3,000 years of history, understand the Bible, so much Jewish knowledge that is so deep and so vast and so wide it's unbelievable to see how little Jews know," Bolel said. "And they're just going to identify with what they know."Rabbi Steven Edelman Blank, of Tifereth Vans For Men 2016

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of being Jewish, and that the survey highlights a need "to continue to improve how we connect with people."He added: "I'm interested in what's evolving more than what's disappearing."Views differ: What makes a Jew a Jew?For all the alarm and the controversy, the survey has also been a springboard for theories about just what makes a Jew a Jew.Among a list of essentials to being Jewish, the one that drew the most agreement, at 73 percent, was remembering the Holocaust.

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Israel, the Conservative synagogue, said he feels the survey is problematic because the dichotomy it presents (of Jews who classify themselves as such based on religion and those who don't) is limiting."I think they're false categories," he said. "Am I Jewish by religion or by ethnicity? I would tell you, 'Yes. Both.' "The takeaways of the survey, he said, are the positives: that 94 percent of American Jews say they are proud Skechers Casual Shoes

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