Rabbi Chuck Simon: "The Status of Jewish Men in the Conservative/Masorti Movement"
Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs
Rabbi Charles Simon, Executive Director
I have just completed a paper focusing on the Status of Jewish Men in the Conservative/Masorti Movement. In it I address the need to correct the current gender imbalance that we are experiencing in our synagogues. Len Saxe at the Cohen Center at Brandeis, estimates that 70% of the volunteers in our communities are women. Current research indicates that high school boys and college men are significantly less involved in synagogues and in Jewish living than their feminine counterparts. The implications of this trend are staggering and have a direct correlation to intermarriage statistics. The time has come for us to place the issue of male volunteerism on our Movement's agenda. Volunteerism is our most important commodity.
I encourage you to read the paper, take it seriously and do something. Your comments and suggestions, if they are not grammatical, are welcome.
I had a beautiful day today. I stood with my sister, a passionate rabbi serving the U.S. Navy as a chaplain, at the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. We remembered our grandfather of blessed memory, who fought for America and shared hard-earned wisdom with his children and grandchildren.
I looked to my right and saw the Washington Monument. Looked to my left at the Lincoln Memorial. I read quotes engraved on massive stones. And I felt, to my core, one sad feeling: too much war.
Too. Much. War.
The quotes and certain retellings of history would have me believe that we fought for pure purposes: we fought for religious freedom, we fought to end slavery, we fought for freedom for all humanity, we fought to end tyranny. But it's also true that we fought (and fight) for economic interests. It&…