As many of you may already know, the Pew Research Center recently put out their report on American Jews, the first update is 7 or 8 years.Just now I was reading an article based on their survey results, and came across this:"[J]ust 15% of today’s Orthodox Jews came from outside Orthodoxy, including 5% who were raised as Conservative and 2% who were raised as Reform."So, among adults who identify as Orthodox:85% raised Orthodox 5% raised Conservative 2% raised ReformThat leaves 8% unaccounted for. If they were raised O or C or R, where did they come from?They might have been raised by parents who were Jewish, but unaffiliated and non-practicing.They might have belonged to fringe groups like Reconstructionist Judaism, Humanistic Judaism, Jewish Renewal, and Traditional Judaism (also called "Conservadox").I don't go around asking every Orthodox Jew about their upbringing, but I know many who were not raised Orthodox. Some came from C, some came from R, and all the rest are Ger Tzadekim (converts).I admit my sample size isn't large, but I think it's possible that almost 8% of Orthodox Jews were born as gentiles.(Perhaps even more, since the child of a Jewish father and gentile mother might have been raised Reform, but would still have to convert to become Orthodox.)
85% raised Orthodox 5% raised Conservative 2% raised Reform
Many are surely spouses of orthodox who were something else before. My cousin, raised reform, married an Orthodox Jew and adopted the practices.
It could also be that 8% didn't answer the question because they weren't sure exactly how to answer it.
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