The sheer number of American Jewish adults who identify as Conservative and belong to a synagogue has fallen by about 21 percent — from 723,000 adult Jewih congregational members in 1990 to 570,000 in 2013.
Americans in general, and American Jews in particular, must come to terms with the blatant hypocrisy that currently informs our political debate, on both sides of the aisle. Simply stated, we need to decide whether cloaking our political positions in religious principle is fair and legitimate discourse.
Approximately $3 billion in state education aid has been withheld since the start of the new fiscal year on July 1. As a result, school districts have been forced to borrow over $430 million in order to cover expenses and operational costs.