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Demographics of American Clergy

The New York Times has an article about an interesting study about the demographics of American clergy. I don’t think that the political affiliation of non-Orthodox clergy is much of a surprise, nor that Jewish clergy are very educated and live in the most wealthy and white areas. The numbers that are worrying for the future of non-Orthodox Judaism are the median age of clergy. The average age of Conservative Jewish rabbis is the third highest among all religious denominations in America. Reform Judaism is closer to the bottom of the list, but in reality not much better. The split between male-female clergy can probably be explained by the number of years that denominations have been ordaining women.

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