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But a growing proportion of them are unlikely to raise their children Jewish or connect with Jewish institutions. The proportion of Jews who say they have no religion and are Jewish only on the basis of ancestry, ethnicity or culture is growing rapidly, and two-thirds of them are not raising their children Jewish at all. Overall, the intermarriage rate is at 58 percent, up from 43 percent in 1990 and 17 percent in 1970. Among non-Orthodox Jews, the intermarriage rate is 71 percent. from the Pew Research Center Survey of U.S. Jews, a telephone survey of 3,475 Jews nationwide conducted between February and June and released on Oct. 1. The population estimate, released Sept. 30, comes from a synthesis of existing survey data conducted by the Steinhardt Social Research Institute and the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University. While the Steinhardt/Cohen study, called "American Jewish Population Es- timates: 2012,"is likely to be a matter of some debate by demographers and social scientists, it is the Pew study that offers an in-depth portrait that may influence Jewish policymaking for years to come. the Pew survey: Overall, 22 percent of U.S. Jews de- scribe themselves as having no religion, and the survey finds they are much less connected to Jewish organizations and much less likely to be raising their children Jewish. Broken down by age, 32 percent of Jews born after 1980--the so-called millennial generation--iden- tify as Jews of no religion, compared to 19 percent of baby boomers and just 7 percent of Jews born before 1927. Emotional attachment to Israel has held steady over the last decade, with 69 percent of respondents saying they feel Pew on page 14A Netanyahu talks tough on Iran, leaves door open to 'meaningful' diplomatic solution By Ron Kampeas Netanyahu wanted to hear WASHINGTON (JTA)---The "credible military threat" against Iran that Benjamin - "4 while he was in the United States this week eventually emerged--from his own lips. The Israeli prime minis- ter, in a blunt speech to the United Nations General As- sembly, warned that Israel was ready to go it alone against Iran should it come close to obtaining a nuclear weapon. "I want there to be no confusion on this point," Netanyahu said. "Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons. If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone. Yet in standing alone, Israel will know that we will be defending many, many others." The warning came one day after Netanyahu met with President Obama at the White House and again sought assurances that the United States would continue to tighten the screws on Iran even as the two countries had their highest level of diplomatic engagement since the 1979 Islamist Revolution: Kobi Gideon/GP0/Flash90 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara arrive in New York, Sept. 29. a 15-minute phone call Sept. 27 between Obama and Iran's newly elected president, Has- san Rouhani. Netanyahu in his meeting with Obama told the U.S. leader that a two-pronged strategy of crippling economic sanctions and a credible military threat was the only way to peacefully resolve the standoff. Obama seemed to get the message. "I've said before and I will repeat that we take no op- tions off the table, including military options, in terms of making sure that we do not have nuclear weapons in Iran that would destabilize the re- lran on page 14A Meet the new Hillel dire cto r, A a ro n We il By Chris l)eSouza Assistant Editor A little more than 10 years ago, Aaron Weil had his eye on one of two positions: executive directorand CEO of either the Edward and Rose Berman Hil- lel Jewish University of Pitts- burgh or University of Central Florida Hillel. Pittsburgh won out at that time and now Central Florida's Hillel will glean from his experiences and accomplishments, which are many. Weil is passionate about the future of the Jewish commu- nity and sees clearly the role Hiilel plays in keeping the young Jewish adults actively involved in the community. He was president of both Hillels at the two universi- ties he attended Alabama and Georgia (with a stint in between at Tel Aviv). However, Well will tell you he didn't come here to be the CEO of Hiilel. His focus and vision is much broader. "I came here to build a com- munity and Hiilel is going to build community in ways that far outstretch the limitations of Oviedo," said an exuberant Weil, "If we do our job right, by that I mean the Orlando Jewish community and Hillel, we're going to feel it in our synagogues, in our youth groups, and in our Jewish grandchildren whom we Aaron Weil never dreamed would chose to live here." The timing couldn't have beenbetter.A600,000-square- foot multi-use, luxury dormi- tory called Northview--built with funding from local Jewish philanthropists, Hillel and the university--is almost complete. The seven-story building will also house a 20,000-square-foot Hillel center, which will eventually be partially funded by the 600-bed dormitory rental income. It will be the first self- sustaining Hillel in the U.S. and will eventually provide a perpetual funding source. Last May, Hank Katzen, chairman of the board of Well on page 13A Two institutions unite, share vision NEW YORK--Zionism claimed a victory this week when Jewish National Fund (JNF) announced a new and expanded partnership with the Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI). Pursuant to an agreement unanimously approved by both JNF's board of directors and board of trustees as well as by AMHSI, JNFwill appoint all members of AMHSI's board of directors and integrate AMHSI's operations into JNF's broad array of educational initiatives. "Many people in the Jewish world today--even the most committed--are afraid of the 'Z' word: Zionism," said JNF Chief Executive Officer Rus- sell F. Robinson. "Not Jewish National Fund. It is part of our everyday vernacular-- whether we speak to young or old, whether we are talking about ourwork in Israel or our Zionist educational activities here in the U.S., when we refer to our rich history and when we speak about our vital and promising future. This enhanced partnership between JNF and AMHSI will catapult Zionist education to the next level." As the single largest pro- vider of Zionist education in the U.S., Jewish National Fund offers myriad ways to connectyoungAmerican Jews to Israel--from trips to b'nai mitzvah projects to education and advocacy programs. For over 40 years, AMHSI has led the field in providing transformative pluralistic Israel experiences for high school students. AMHSI has developed fully accredited academic programs for teens to strengthen their Jewish identity while developing deep-rooted connections to Jewish life, to the Jewish peo- ple, and to Israel. Today, the school has more than 20,000 alumni--many of whom are active leaders in their Jewish communities. While JNF and AMHSI have enjoyed a long-standing partnership, both JNF and AMHSI see this new relation- ship as greatly beneficial to the greater Jewish community. "As the parent of two chil- dren who attended a semester program at the Hod Hasharon Vision on page 14A 6 JlJl!!!!!ll!!!U!liil