Good Jew, Bad Jew
The question of — “Who is a good Jew and who is a bad Jew?” — goes beyond just being a good or bad person. For members of the Central Rabbinical Congress, protesting on Park Avenue in NYC several weeks ago, it starts with living the Torah.http://lotuseditions.wordpress.com/2010/08/31/good-jews/
Jews are either those who are born of a Jewish mother, or those who have converted to Judaism in a halakhically valid fashion. Yet others wondered: Had Jewish national sovereignty rendered classic halakhic standards insufficient? What, in our increasingly conflicted and nuanced world of identity formation, should being a Jew mean? What should joining the Jewish people require? Those questions, more than anything, are at the heart of the now relentless debate surrounding conversion, a debate that often threatens to tear the Jewish people asunder.http://danielgordis.org/2011/03/01/what-not-who-is-a-jew/
It’s official: Jewish camp strengthens Jewish identity
According to a new report, these happy kids at Camp Ramah in the Berkshires are more likely to be Jewishly engaged as adults than their friends who didn't go to Jewish camp.
Hundreds of thousands of Jewish camp alumni—and their parents—have long known that those halcyon weeks spent at Jewish summer camp don’t just cement lifelong friendships, they strengthen Jewish identity.
Now they have it in writing.
A new study on the long-term impact of Jewish overnight camp concludes that those who have attended camp are more Jewishly engaged as adults, according to 13 key variables, than those who did not go to camp.