On Sunday, December 15, 2013, Alan Cooperman, deputy director of the Pew Research Center’s Religion and Public Life Project, will present an important and insightful lecture on Jews and Jewish life in the United States 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 Feigenbaum Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the community.
The major new survey by the Pew Research Center suggests that Jewish identity is changing in America, even as a wide majority of American Jews say they are proud to be Jewish. The extensive survey was conducted earlier this year 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. By mid-December, Cooperman will have 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 is deputy director of the Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project. He 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, Alan 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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