Leonard Saxe


Pew Findings Reject Bleak Narrative of Jewish Decline

By Leonard Saxe

Pew Findings Reject Bleak Narrative of Jewish Decline
The Pew Study tells us that the Jewish population is not in decline, Leonard Saxe says. But we need to think about ways to keep all these Jews in the fold.Read More


Create Tax for Jewish Education

By Leonard Saxe

Create Tax for Jewish Education
Leonard Saxe proposes that creating a Jewish scholarship fund, supported by a progressive tax. The tax would be paid by organizations that pay salaries above a set amount.Read More


Who Are American Jews?

By Leonard Saxe

Researchers have plenty of questions about American Jews: How many are there, how to define them, and whether the community is growing. Everyone agrees more data is needed.Read More


What We Can Learn From Gabby Giffords

By Leonard Saxe

I am one of many individuals across our country’s social, cultural and political mosaic fortunate to know Gabby Giffords. The enormity of the attempted assassination is palpable, and I feel profound sorrow for Gabby and her family and all of those touched by a senseless act of violence. It is a deeply distressing moment for our society.Read More


Empowerment, Then Citizenship

By Leonard Saxe, Theodore Sasson and Fern Chertok

One of the greatest challenges facing the Jewish community is how to engage young adults during the long stretch of life between college and parenthood. Jewish young adults want to be involved with Jewish life, but to date the community’s response has been limited, uncoordinated and lacking in clear vision. Examination of the experiences of alumni of the Taglit-Birthright Israel program offers us a window onto this problem and suggests possible ways forward.Read More






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  • Does #Hamas have to lose for there to be peace? Read the latest analysis by J.J. Goldberg.
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  • "Israel should not let captives languish or corpses rot. It should do everything in its power to recover people and bodies. Jewish law places a premium on pidyon shvuyim, “the redemption of captives,” and proper burial. But not when the price will lead to more death and more kidnappings." Do you agree?
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  • Israeli soldiers want you to buy them socks. And snacks. And backpacks. And underwear. And pizza. So claim dozens of fundraising campaigns launched by American Jewish and Israeli charities since the start of the current wave of crisis and conflict in Israel and Gaza.
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  • More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the current ground operation in #Gaza.
  • "My wife and I are both half-Jewish. Both of us very much felt and feel American first and Jewish second. We are currently debating whether we should send our daughter to a Jewish pre-K and kindergarten program or to a public one. Pros? Give her a Jewish community and identity that she could build on throughout her life. Cons? Costs a lot of money; She will enter school with the idea that being Jewish makes her different somehow instead of something that you do after or in addition to regular school. Maybe a Shabbat sing-along would be enough?"
  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
  • "'What’s this, mommy?' she asked, while pulling at the purple sleeve to unwrap this mysterious little gift mom keeps hidden in the inside pocket of her bag. Oh boy, how do I answer?"
  • "I fear that we are witnessing the end of politics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I see no possibility for resolution right now. I look into the future and see only a void." What do you think?
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