Religion: The Disappearing Jews

Since the Nazi Holocaust, which wiped out one-third of the world's Jews, "Jewish survival" has been a slogan that encompasses a number of issues. Besides support for Israel and Soviet Jewry, the concept includes attempts to counteract losses through secularization and intermarriage of Jews with Gentiles. Another, and some say the greatest threat to Jewish survival is being increasingly talked about: the trend among modern Jews to have small families. In the U.S., for example, enrollment in synagogue classes and day schools has declined by roughly one-fourth since 1965, owing largely to the falling Jewish birth rate.

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