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THE HIGH COST OF JEWISH LIVING
Jerusalem Post - Jerusalem
Author: FISHKOFF, SUE||||||Abramowitz, Leah
Date: Sep 15, 1993
Start Page: 07
Section: Features
Abstract (Document Summary)

A 1992 study by the American Jewish Committee revealed that a family in North America needs an annual income of between $80,000 and $125,000 to lead a fully involved Jewish life. That includes synagogue dues, religious school and Jewish camp for the children, membership in a Jewish community center, and an annual contribution to the UJA/Federation or other Jewish charities.

[Steven Bayme] of the AJ Committee agrees that the greatest impediment to living a Jewish life in America is ideological, not economic. The economic issues are, he says, a smokescreen to keep the American Jewish community from confronting the real problem of why Jews are dropping out of Jewish life.

Bayme, who sends his children to Manhattan's Ramaz School, has one daughter on an Israel Summer Program, and doesn't drive a fancy car, says the American Jewish community, which is overwhelmingly Reform and Conservative, can learn one thing from the Orthodox: Jewish education is a right, not a privilege, for every Jewish child.

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