Posted on | February 9, 2007 | By Administrator | 5 Comments
If we believe in Hashem, Torah from Sinai and the eternity of the soul in the afterlife shouldn’t it pain us that the majority of Jews are not developing a relationship with Hashem? Some have opined that they can’t see their Aunt Rose ever becoming frum. Let me suggest that instead of targetting becoming frum as the goal, we just try to stir up a little more G-d awareness in our friends, neighbors and co-workers.
Inspired Too, Kiruv Across America premiered last week and we will be showing it at Congregation Ahavas Yisroel in Kew Gardens Hills at 7:45 and 9:45 on February 10th and 17th. In addition, we’ll be holding a Kiruv Training Seminar on February 24th at 8:30. For other showtimes and locations, please visit www.kiruv.com.
There is a lot of great Kiruv material on the kiruv.com site including The Dead End of Jewish Culture by Sara Yoheved Rigler. Here’s an excerpt from the article:
According to the American Jewish Identity Survey 2001, out of approximately 5.5 million American adults who are either Jewish by religion or of Jewish parentage and/or upbringing, nearly 1.4 million say they are members of a non-Jewish religion.
We are not talking here about secularism, not about Jews who opt out of going to synagogue in favor of a baseball game or the movies, but rather in favor of church. Since the vast majority of American Jews are of Ashkenazic descent, this means that 25% of the descendants of European Jews who resisted the blandishments and threats of Christianity for some sixty generations, often at the cost of their lives, are now voluntary apostates.