Posts Tagged ‘Pew Report on Jews in America’

SERMON: Rosh Hashana – Do YOU Believe in God?

September 29, 2014 Leave a comment

Every year on Rosh Hashanah, through the Torah and Haftorah readings, our tradition has us focus on three women: in the Torah readings, Sarah, our first mother, and in the Haftorah readings: Chana – who taught us how to pray, and Rachel, who prays for us. On this Rosh Hashanah I want to focus on three Jewish women who did all that for us this year – and so much more. They have something that most all of us yearn to have.

This has been a very tough and challenging year for the Jewish people. What Israel has gone through this year has to make it one of its most difficult times in its 66 year history. Israel has confronted a world prepared to compromise with an Iran that is hell-bent on building a nuclear weapon which it has threatened to use against Israel. Israel has had to deal with a European Union that constantly threatens it with economic sanctions. Israel’s Prime Minister has gone through a very shaky relationship with the President of the United States. American led mediation for peace with the Palestinians fell apart. And then came a week from hell … with the
three Yeshiva boys kidnapped and killed, and the Palestinian boy murdered in a revenge attack by Israelis, and rockets being fired regularly at southern Israel. And as if all this was not enough, a full-scale war broke out with Hamas! And lo and behold, the day the war in Gaza came to an end, rockets started to fall on the Golan Heights! I tell you the truth … I don’t know how the Israelis do it! Whenever I am in Israel – and I’m there every year – you would never know the difficulties these people are living through. I don’t know how they live under such stress and pressure. READ MORE


SERMON: Woody Allen and the Pewish Problem

November 4, 2013 Leave a comment

There are two words that sound almost the same that have been uttered quite a bit these past few weeks in the Jewish community.  The two words are definitely connected. The words are: “Pew and Phew.” “Pew” – spelled P-E-W, is the name of a non-profit research center to help stimulate public and civic life.  It recently published a survey of the American Jewish community and the response of many was: “Phew” – a word used to express disbelief, wariness or outright disgust. And that was a fitting response to the Pew Survey. READ MORE

This week’s Sermon: Woody Allen & the PEWish Problem

November 1, 2013 Leave a comment

In tomorrow’s sermon, Woody Allen & the PEWish Problem, I will address the findings of the recent PEW Survey of the Jewish American Population, as explained here in A Portrait of Jewish Americans.

Shabbat Shalom!

Who Knows 10? I Do!

October 18, 2013 Leave a comment
Ten Sermons by Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg

Ten Sermons by Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg

Who knows TEN?


Don’t miss my 10-week sermon series starting October 26th at Beth Tfiloh Congregation, when I will discuss contemporary topics that impact each and every Jew. People will be talking about these timely topics, so join us and be part of the conversation!

Topics will include:
• The Iran Threat
• The recent PEW Research report on Jews in America
• “Thanksgivingka”
• Woody Allen: The Typical Jew?
• And MORE!

For a complete Schedule of Services, visit or call 410-486-1900.