Hilda Vallin Feigenbaum Lecture Series Presents Talk on Jewish Identity in the U.S.
Alan Cooperman will discuss the Pew Research Center’s recent comprehensive survey on American Jews
[PITTSFIELD, MA] – On Sunday, March 30, 2014, Alan Cooperman, director of religion research at the Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C., will present Jewish Identity in the United States, a lecture on Jews and Jewish life in America based on the recent extensive survey conducted by the Pew Research Center. The 2 p.m. talk, which will include a question-and-answer period and a reception, will be given at Temple Anshe Amunim and is sponsored by the Hilda Vallin Feigenbaum Memorial Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the community. This talk has been rescheduled from its original December 15 date; it was postponed due to a snowstorm.
The major new survey by the Pew Research Center suggests that Jewish identity is changing in America. While the vast majority of American Jews say they are proud to be Jewish, many see their Jewishness solely as a matter of culture or ancestry and do not identify with any religion, including Judaism. The extensive survey was conducted in 2013 by Pew Research Center staff members. Alan Cooperman oversaw the research project and served as lead editor of the report.
The Pew Research Center’s survey is the most comprehensive nationwide survey of American Jews in more than a decade. It has generated news coverage in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times, as well as widespread discussion in the Jewish press and international coverage via the Associated Press, Reuters, and Agence France Presse. Cooperman has given briefings on the survey’s results to the leadership of the Jewish Federations of North America, the UJA-Federation of New York, the Orthodox Union, the American Conference of Cantors, the National Association of Temple Administrators, the board of directors of Taglit/Birthright, the Anti-Defamation League, the board and staff of the Conservative movement, the Israeli Embassy in Washington, and leaders of AIPAC, J Street, B’nai Brith, and numerous other Jewish organizations.
Alan Cooperman leads the Religion & Public Life Project at the Pew Research Center, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that conducts public opinion polling, demographic studies, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. Known as a “fact tank,” Pew Research does not take positions on public policy debates. Cooperman is an expert on religion’s role in U.S. politics and plays a central role in planning the project’s research agenda and writing its reports. Before joining the Pew Research Center in 2009, Cooperman was a national staff reporter and editor for ten years at the Washington Post. He also served as a foreign correspondent in Moscow and Jerusalem for the Associated Press and U.S. News & World Report. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1982 and started in journalism at The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Mass. He is an author of Pew Research reports on “Mormons in America,” “Muslim Americans” and “ ‘Nones’ on the Rise,” and he was the primary editor of demographic studies of Global Christianity and the Global Religious Landscape. He has appeared on numerous media outlets, including NPR, BBC, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the PBS NewsHour, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and C-SPAN. He lives with his wife and two sons in Washington, D.C.
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