Why Counting Can Be Counterproductive

By Noam Pianko

Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute, October 2010

The author argues that the Jewish community's obsession with quantitative data obscures qualitative issues, as well as implicitly promoting outdated paradigms of Jewish "membership" and engagement. Jewish communal resources should be directed away from simple counting and demography, the author contends, and redirected toward promoting new and diverse expressions of Judaism. Confident and vibrant communities see individuals as ends in themselves, he argues, rather than means to a demographic or biological end.

Topic: Youth Engagement, Continuity, Membership, Policy, Jewish Identification, Generational Issues, Engagement, Community Development, Demography, Jewish Continuity

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.41/no.673

Page Number(s): 10-11

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Pianko, Noam. Why Counting Can Be Counterproductive. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Josh Rolnick, The Sh'ma Institute. October 2010: 10-11. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7260


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