Anyone else grow up poor and found that to be a decisive factor in their lack of Jewish education and experience in their childhood years?
Synagogue memberships, high holiday tickets, hebrew/sunday school enrollment, parents being expected to volunteer, expectation that your family will host shabbat dinners in their small crappy residence, sleep away summer camps, expensive/nice synagogue clothes, private jewish k-12 schooling, etc…
being poor makes all of that extremely difficult. Is this more of an issue in Reform/Conservative communities compared to Orthodox?
if you didn’t experience this first hand, is this economic dependency/dynamic something you are/were aware of?
I’ve always felt this is extremely profane, the fact that ability to exist in a religious community is directly correlated to someones economic worth.
Is this just the impact of American capitalism on American Judaism?
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