My column this week: More hidden gems from Pew’s “Portrait of Jewish Americans”:
• 77 percent of Reform Jews have a picture on their wall of a hasidic rabbi. Zero percent of hasidic Jews have a picture of a Reform rabbi.
• 100 percent of the diet soda runs out before the end of kiddush, while three in five bottles of non-diet soda sit untouched. So what’s with all the non-diet soda?
• 66 percent of the letters to the editor of The New York Times are written by Jews — oh wait, that’s just Abraham Foxman.
• 34 percent of Jews say a person can be Jewish even if he or she believes Jesus was the messiah — just as long as they don’t go to church, drink beer from the can, or join the NRA.
• 77 percent of the questions asked by Jews at public events are in fact lengthy rebuttals of the guest speaker or memories of having served in the military.
• Three-quarters of Jews say they were raised Jewish by religion, 20 percent say they were raised Jewish by guilt and haranguing, and 80 percent of Jewish mothers will say at some point that their children were raised by wolves
• Two in five American Jews will attend an adult study program at the synagogue this year, in the sense that they will stick their head in the room and ask, “Is this the Zumba class?”
• 64 percent of Pew researchers asked for a transfer after spending an hour arguing with Jewish subjects on the phone.