Four generations previous to my own, Adolf Hitler was responsible for the death of 64 of the world's Jewish population, (The Number of Jews
). The National Jewish Population Survey indicates that in another four generations, the Jewish population will decrease by another 85-98 (Will Your Grandchildren Be Jewish?). These findings are startling to the Jewish population, as they indicate a greater mass diminishing of our religion, culture, and race than was experienced in the Holocaust. Jewish officials and Christian and Secular researchers alike have speculated what could cause this heart-breaking dwindling of an already endangered People, and have come up with a plethora of reasons that are all partially responsible for what many are calling The Silent Holocaust.
A large part of the crisis stems from personal identity and inter-marryingthat is, marrying outside of the Jewish faith. The statistics can somewhat speak for themselves. 5.6 million of the world's approximate 12.9 million Jews live in America. Of those Jews, 2 million live in non-Jewish households. 60 of Jews under 40 years of age, and 20 over 60, identify as being non-Jewish. 52 of Jews who marry do so outside of their faith, and 54 of Jewish children are not being raised Jewish.
[...] "How Many Jews Would There Be If Not for the Holocaust? - Haaretz - Israel News." Haaretz Daily Newspaper Israel, Israeli News Source. Web. 25 Mar. 2010.
[...] The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey reveals that approximately ten percent of American Jews convert to another religion. With three quarters of the America population identifying as Christian, a faith that believes in witnessing and converting non-Christians, it is no wonder that they succeed in converting such a percentage of the Jewish community. Other reasons for Jews converting out of their faith could be from their inter- marriage and loss of cultural identity. Sadly, Jews do not have the same conversion rate into their faith. [...]
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