The “Who is a Jew” project, created by theMadad.com in collaboration with Israel’s Public Broadcaster, Kan New, is intended to deepen and investigate the meaning of being Jewish today. Through the power of crowd sourcing, the project is deciphering how Jews from around the world, with various social and religious backgrounds, identify what being Jewish is all about and what are the fundamental characteristics that defines a Jew. The need for such a project arises from the realization that in the 21st century it has become increasingly difficult to define “who is a Jew” and to discern any common denominator shared by all Jews – such as a specific practice, belief, or ideology.
As consultants for this project, in addition to the regular staff of theMadad.com (Shmuel Rosner, Prof. Camil Fuchs and Noah Slepkov), we enlist the help of experts from the Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI), who have helped us in understanding the significance of the findings.
For those who want an in-depth understand of the complexity of the question of who is a Jew today, we recommend reading JPPI’s report “Exploring the Jewish Spectrum in a Time of Fluid Identity,” by Shmuel Rosner and Dr. John Ruskay.
You can also find many more articles and information related to these issues in the framework of JPPI’s Israeli Judaism project (led by Rosner, Fuchs and Slepkov).