"'Conversation of a Century'" Quotes Chancellor Eisen and Recognizes Alumni Rabbis Shai Held and Sharon Brous

"It's being billed as the 'Conversation of the Century.'

As the main synagogue organization of Conservative Jewry gathers this week in Baltimore to celebrate its centennial, there is a lot to talk about.

The number of synagogues affiliated with the group, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, is in decline. The proportion of American Jews who identify as Conservative has shrunk to 18 percent, according to the recent Pew Research Center study of U.S. Jewry, down from 43 percent in 1990 and 33 percent in 2000. And with a median age of 55, Conservative Jews are older on average than Reform or Orthodox and more likely to leave their movement than Jews from either of the other two major denominations."

Continue reading "'Conversation of a Century': Before Celebrating Its Centennial, Conservative Judaism Has Much to Figure Out" in Haaretz.