Jewish spirituality on the rise

A new study shows that Jews 35 and under are becoming more spiritual.

Synagogue 3000 — a group that promotes more vital and approachable synagogues — says that the “spirituality gap” between Jews and Christians is closing.

What’s responsible for the rise in Jewish spiritual-ness?

Rising numbers of Orthodox Jews. Makes sense.

The study also cites Jews who are the children of interfaith couples, who have the example of Christian relatives.

“These family members appear to render their Jewish relatives more open to, and comfortable with, the ideas, expressions and language of spirituality,” says a statement from Synagogue 3000.

The statement also notes: “Even non-Orthodox Jews with two Jewish parents (a shrinking population sector, albeit still a majority) are more receptive to spiritual language than older counterparts.”

Even non-Orthodox Jews with two Jewish parents are open to spirituality!

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.