Some argue that this is the end of the American Jewish community. Others view it as just the opposite. Still others think that this is not bad news or new goods, but shows where Jewish organizations and synagogues need to focus their work.
J.J. Goldberg of the Jewish Daily Forward comments:
The striking thing isn’t that they don’t identify with Judaism as a religion. What’s striking is that they still want to call themselves Jewish when you give them a chance—that is, when you conduct the survey in a way that makes them comfortable (which should be rule one in any survey, I’d think). What’s amazing is that 94% of those 6.7 million Jews are proud of being Jewish, 80% say it’s an important part of their lives and 75% have a strong sense of belonging to the Jewish people.