This report was conceived and researched by Richard Fry, senior economist with the Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends project. The report was written by D’Vera Cohn, senior writer; Gretchen Livingston, senior researcher; and Paul Taylor, executive vice president of the Pew Research Center and director of the Social & Demographic Trends project. Seth Motel, research assistant, produced the charts. The charts were number-checked by Eileen Patten, research assistant; she and Motel number-checked the text. The report was copy-edited by Marcia Kramer. Editorial guidance was provided by Rakesh Kochhar, senior researcher with the Pew Research Center.
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Judaism has always had two polar perspectives: the parochial (Chosen People, centrality of the Land of Israel) and the universal (Seven Noahide commandments; monotheism etc). It is altogether natural that American Jews have moved towards the latter, and Israelis toward the former.
What to do to “bridge the gap”? Teach both sides that these are not polar opposites but rather part of the Jewish dialectic from time immemorial. Only when both “types” of Jew can understand and “accept” the other, will we find that “different” need not equal “divorce”.