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Jewish Continuity: Policy Statement and Action Plan

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Publication Date: December 1997

Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee

Author(s): American Jewish Committee. Board of Governors

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Cultural heritage and preservation)
Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Communal Organization; Assimilation; Jewish Continuity; Policy

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


The American Jewish Committee Board of Governors adopted the following policy statement and action plan on dealing with the widely-proclaimed crisis of Jewish Continuity. They state that the goal of continuity efforts should be development of knowledgeable Jews who can make informed choices about the nature of their commitment to Judaism and the Jewish people. In a free society, many will choose to leave, and for that reason some losses are virtually inevitable. Our goal should be to ensure that the choices Jews make are informed choices rather than out of ignorance. More knowledgeable Jews are, in all likelihood, going to choose to be more committed Jews.