Jews: Who's Vanishing?

Assimilation. Conversion. Intermar riage. Secularization. Escapism. To many U.S. Jews, these sociological ab stractions represent a real threat: that American Judaism is dying out. Last week, speaking 6,000 miles apart, two U.S. Jewish leaders strongly argued that it is far too early to write an obituary for Judaism.

In Israel, at the triennial convention of B'nai B'rith, retiring President Label Katz, a New Orleans real estate investor, berated Judaism's contemporary prophets of doom for their hand-wring ing anxiety. The danger of assimilation "persists and grows," he acknowledged, but "it is also profoundly...

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