The Impact of Technology on the Jewish Community in Central Maryland

What does it mean to be Jewish in the United States? A recent Pew Research Center survey has revealed that many Americans of Jewish origin take part in both traditional religious practices, such as attending a synagogue or fasting on Yom Kippur, and in some Jewish cultural activities, such as preparing potato latkes, watching Israeli movies or reading Jewish news online. However, among young adult Jews, two distinct expressions of Judaism seem to be gaining traction: one that involves deeply embedded religion in all aspects of life and the other that involves little or no religion. The size of the adult Jewish population remains relatively stable in terms of percentage, while increasing in absolute numbers, roughly in line with the total U. S.

population. Lists of common Jewish names, lists of members of Jewish organizations, or other indicators of Judaism were not used to extract the initial sample. By contrast, among Jewish adults under 30, a third say that caring about Israel is essential (35%), and a quarter (27%) say that it's not important what being Jewish means to them. Statistical analysis indicates that people who are very observant according to traditional measures (on a scale that combines synagogue attendance, kosher observance, fasting on Yom Kippur and participation in an Easter Seder) also tend to report the highest participation rates in the 12 Jewish cultural activities mentioned in the survey.

Those who describe their religion as atheistic, agnostic, or nothing in particular, but who have a Jewish parent or who were raised as Jews and claim that, apart from religion, they consider themselves Jews in some way, whether for ethnic, cultural or family reasons, are also fully included in the Jewish population throughout this report. However, this report focuses on the answers given in the extensive survey by those who said that their current religion is Jewish (Jews by religion), in addition to those who said that they currently have no religion (they identify themselves religiously as atheists, agnostics or anything in particular) but who consider themselves Jews apart from religion and have at least one Jewish father or that they were raised as Jews (Jews without religion). Chapter 4 looks at marriage and families, including rates of intermarriage, how Jewish respondents say they are raising their children, and whether respondents attended Jewish day schools or camps. In addition, among Jews aged 50 and over, 51% say that worrying about Israel is essential to what being Jewish means to them, and an additional 37% say it is important but not essential; only 10% say that caring about Israel is not important to them.

The Jewish Federation of North America partners with the Department of Homeland Security and the Safe Community Network (SCN) to ensure the safety of Jewish organizations in the U. S.Three out of ten Jewish adults under 30 (31%) say that it “wouldn't matter” if their future grandchildren were Jewish, a proportion significantly higher than the proportion of people who say this in any other age group. Fewer people say that in the 12 months prior to the survey, they had been harassed on the Internet (8%) or physically attacked (5%) because they were Jewish. Others indicated that they do not have a Jewish father, were not raised as Jews and do not identify with the Jewish religion, but they do consider themselves Jewish in some way, for example because they are married to a Jewish person or because they are Christians and link Jesus to Judaism. Jewish Americans are more likely to believe in some other type of higher power or no higher power at all. Technology has had a major impact on how members of the Central Maryland Jewish community interact with each other and with their faith.

With access to online resources such as streaming services for religious services and virtual classes for learning about Judaism, members can now engage with their faith from anywhere. Additionally, social media platforms have allowed members to connect with each other more easily than ever before. This has enabled them to share ideas and experiences with each other while also providing support during difficult times. The use of technology has also enabled members of Central Maryland's Jewish community to stay informed about current events both locally and abroad. Through online news sources and social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, members can stay up-to-date on news related to their faith while also engaging with others who share similar interests. Finally, technology has allowed members of Central Maryland's Jewish community to access resources for learning more about their faith.

From online classes on topics such as Hebrew language and history to streaming services for religious services such as Shabbat services and High Holidays services, members can now access these resources from anywhere. In conclusion, technology has had a profound impact on how members of Central Maryland's Jewish community interact with each other and engage with their faith. From staying informed about current events to accessing resources for learning more about Judaism, technology has enabled members to connect with each other more easily than ever before while also providing support during difficult times.

Ankie Groot
Ankie Groot

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