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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