What Pew’s Jewish poll reveals

The greatest surprise in the new Pew study of U.S. Jews and Jewish identity, is not the 58 percent intermarriage rate (71 percent among non-Orthodox Jews), the fact that two thirds of U.S, Jews do not belong to a synagogue, the revelation that a quarter do not believe in God, or that a third had Christmas trees in their homes.  The greatest surprise is not even that 34 percent of those surveyed said that believing in Jesus as the Messiah is not inconsistent with being Jewish.

June 4, 2013 A Star of David decorates the ceiling at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. Astrid Riecken / For The Washington Post

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