Brandeis University released a study last week called "Gender Imbalance in American Jewish Life," which purports that "American Jewish boys and men have fewer connections to Jews and Judaism in almost every venue and in every age, from school-age children through the adult years," and adds, "Contemporary liberal American Judaism, although supposedly egalitarian, is visibly and substantially feminized." Though the data is disputed, the Brandeis study contends that Jewish men's declining interest in leadership roles, "walks hand in hand with apathy toward creating Jewish households and raising Jewish children." There's a lot to gnaw on here, but particularly intriguing is the study's implication that "feminized" is a negative thing. Rabbi David S. Wolfman, the director of the Northeast region for the Union for Reform Judaism, tells the Boston Globe that the gender imbalance is "a nonissue" and says, "It's wonderful women are reclaiming religion as their own. What's not to be excited about?" [Boston Globe]

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