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American Jews in 2023 Part 4

  1. Messianic Jewish Theological Institute • American Jews in 2023 • Part 3 Millennials & Generation Z Making room for the next generation of Jews
  2. Silent Generation Boomer Generation Generation X Millennials (Gen Y) Generation Z
  3. Barna Research Study of Jewish Millennials 2017 American Jewish Committee’s Study of Jewish Millennials 2022 Reboot’s Latte Report of Jews Ages 18-25 2006
  4. Jewish Millennials 1. Optimistic — Con fi dent, Forward thinking 2. Post-ethnic — Racially, Ethnically diverse 3. Jews by choice — Not by obligation 4. Jewishly Engaged — but in other ways 5. Open — to spiritual conversations 6. Inclusive - reject Jewish tribalism Mayim Bialik, Jewish Millennial actress
  5. 1. Optimistic Unlike their Parents Closer relationships with Boomer Parents Inspired by their parents’ generation The Goldbergs
  6. 2. Postethnic Unlike their parents 54% of Millennials have only one Jewish parent
  7. Non-Ashenazi Jews • 40% of American Jews (18-29) are non-Ashkenazi Jews Jews from the Middle East Jews of Color Asian Jews Hispanic Jews (white/non-white) Mixed Pew Research, 2021, “9. Race, ethnicity”
  8. Jews of Color Jews who identify as non-white • Approx. Number of Jews of Color 420,000 • American Jews on the average 12-15% • 2017 San Francisco Bay Area study 13% • 2011 New York City Metro study 12% • Ari Kelman, “Counting Inconsistencies” Stanford University. 2019
  9. The Messianic Movement began as an ethnically and racially diverse movement. What is our contribution toward understanding Jewish identity in the 21st Century?
  10. 2. Postethnic Unlike their parents Younger Jews draw from two or more cultural and ethnic heritages. Carrie-Fu Meyer
  11. Implications • Many grew up celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah • Many are familiar with and comfortable discussing Christian beliefs. • Many Christian friends have Jewish in-laws who might be open • Many borrow parts of belief, practice, and culture (hybridity)
  12. 3. Jews by Choice Unlike Their Parents Jewish millennials choose which aspects of their Jewish heritage they identify with Resist being told they are Jewishly obligated Helen Kim with family
  13. Implications • Many young adults are turned o ff by arguments based on duty, survival, and the Holocaust
  14. 4. Jewishly Engaged Unlike their parents: • Many don’t attend synagogue • Many aren’t members of Jewish organizations • Most aren’t familiar with Jewish prayers • Yet they Jewish to Jewishly engage in other ways Young Millennials celebrate Havdalah
  15. Implications • Many young adults don’t want to attend a messianic synagogue with no one their age • But they will attend a small group • They will come to your house for Shabbat Dinner! • Our ministry to YA must extend beyond Sat. Morning • Examples: Moishe House, Torah on Tap
  16. 5. Spiritually Open Unlike their parents Young Jews are more comfortable with spiritual conversations and with talking about “God”
  17. 6. Inclusive Unlike their parents Many reject the tribalism of their parents generation, and welcome intermarried non- Jewish family members, and those who want to “Do Jewish” with them. Rabbi Sharon Brouse — IKAR in Los Angeles
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  19. 8. Want to Participate Young adults want to participate (be used) They want to be empowered They want to be mentored
  20. Traditional Model of American Messianic Ministries/Congregations • Visionary (transformational) leader • Who founded / pioneered the movement in the 1970s • Who is a Baby Boomer • Who leads a personality-driven ministry • Who sets the example, tone, and vision • Then slowly allows young leaders to follow after them.
  21. How do we transform our movement? • To involve young adults? • To allow them to contribute their vision? • What kind of leadership is necessary?
  22. 7. More Critical of Israel Unlike their parents Many millennials are less attached to Israel, and more willing to criticize Israel’s (To be continued…) Jewish Voice for Peace