These statistics may be alarming to a Jewish establishment that has worried for decades about rising intermarriage rates.But for Jews for Jesus, which promotes its own brand of interreligious mixing, this is not a problem.“I don’t see it as a positive or a negative,” Perlman said of intermarriage.The survey found that 21 percent of Jewish millennials believe Jesus was “God in human form who lived among people in the 1st century.” And 28 percent “see him as a rabbi or spiritual leader, but not God.”The openness to non-Jewish practice extends beyond that: 42 percent of respondents say they celebrate Christmas.
[But] most Jews think that belief in Jesus is disqualifying by roughly a 2-to-1 margin.”)This week’s survey no doubt garnered higher percentages on those questions because it included Messianic Jews — that is, members of a religious movement that combines Christian and Jewish beliefs — whom Pew excluded from some questions.
According to the Jews for Jesus website, 30,000 to 125,000 Jews worldwide believe in Jesus. Some 58 percent of respondents in the Jews for Jesus study are children of interfaith marriages, about 10 points more than in the Pew study, which generally used a slightly narrower definition of “Jewish.”Jewish sociologist Steven M.
Almost a quarter of Jewish millennials attend religious services once a week, according to the survey, and one in three prays every day.
A majority says “God loves people.”Ari Kelman, a Jewish studies professor at Stanford University who was interviewed as part of the report, said the study suggests a cohort distinct from all others.“These don’t look like Jews I recognize,” he said of the millennials surveyed.
But Pew actually backs up some of the statistics on Christianity.