March 24, 2008 (Fort Lee, NJ) -- In a dramatic television roundtable on the future of American Jewry. A leading expert in American Jewish demography, Dr. Cohen decries as "horrible" the low percentage of Jews who descend from intermarriages, pointing out that only "thirteen percent of grandchildren of intermarried Jews are, by any stretch of the imagination, Jewish. Eighty-seven percent are not Jewish. That bothers me! It really is awful."(racist asshat!)And now they believe the answer is to have "Grover" get em whilst they’re young, see here:
Moderated by Shalom TV's Mark S. Golub, the television panel also includes syndicated columnist and USA Radio Network Host Michah Halpern, and Betty Ehrenberg, advisor to the president of the World Jewish Congress.-snip- Ms. Ehrenberg expresses deep concern about the lower figures coupled with a "thinning out" of Jewish identity. (never mind Grover to the rescue!)
"If we will have fewer Jews, no matter how you estimate the exact number, we will have fewer people who vote, we will have a weaker political voice," she says, mindful of the community's influence on national and world affairs. "If you combine weaker numbers with weaker identification and weaker Jewish understanding, then you have a recipe for disaster .(translation=Zionist won't control America anymore!)
"It's less a question of 'Are we six million or 4.2 million or somewhere in between?'" adds Dr. Bayme. "What really is happening is that America is changing radically in terms of its population patterns. In that sense, the grounds of concern are quite real. "-snip- "If we're not realistic enough about saying it's a problem, we'll get nowhere with it. "The current generation of Jewish leadership needs to be challenged in terms of where it is going to place its emphasis. If it conducts business as usual--and I tend to think it will--then I am very agonized and very worried." Link
New ‘Shalom Sesame’ using Grover to bridge Israel-Disapora gap. Grover has been getting to know Israel.One word, "Revolting"
The furry, blue “Sesame Street” character has visited the Dead Sea, Caesarea, the Western Wall and even Jerusalem’s shouk to sample the produce. Grover has been exploring the Jewish state as part of a Sesame Workshop production called “Shalom Sesame.”
The 12-part series is geared toward North American Jewish children and their families to forge a sense of Jewish identity by providing a taste of Israel, Jewish traditions and culture. It will include celebrity appearances by Jake Gyllenhaal, Debra Messing and possibly Ben Stiller.link