This past week a study came out showing the increase in the numbers of people in the US who classify themselves as the “nones” when it comes to religious affiliation. The highest percentage of those listing themselves as “none” comes from those of Jewish backgrounds who no longer affiliate with any synagogue or Jewish denomination. Much handwringing was done by all clergy when this report was made.
As with the Christian clergy, the Jewish clergy seemed to have missed the point that there are simply less believers in a diety these days, and that lack of belief increases the higher the level of ones education. Aside from that, the elephant in the room as far as Jewish affliation in religious institutions goes, that they simply won’t address (out of ignorance or fear) is the continuing uncritical support for the State of Israel from these institutions and their pulpits.
The reform movement, to which we once belonged, lost its independence beginning in 1967 and has been completely co-opted by the Zionists since then. One need only to read their official platforms and their devolution into this zionist servitude over time. My contention is that so long as they maintain this position they will continue to lose membership among the ranks of the younger generation.