"American Jews See Population, Birthrate Drop," screamed a recent headline in the Los Angeles Times.
"Low Fertility Key to 2000 Census," proclaimed a front-page story in the country's largest-circulation Jewish newspaper.
Add to all this the losses sustained through the high rate of intermarriage.
Once upon a time, it was thought by at least some sociologists that intermarriage could prove to be a demographic boon.
What is not permissible in polite Jewish company is an allusion to the decisions people make about their own family lives, or to the impact of those decisions on the ability of the Jewish community to sustain itself.
For many of them, still more childless years follow as they work to advance their careers.
For one thing, as the 2000-01 NJPS confirms, Jews marry later than other Americans, with the greatest disparities occurring in the age group between twenty-five and thirty-four.
For Jewish women in particular, late marriage means lower rates of fertility compared with other Caucasian women ― who themselves are barely producing babies at replacement level (figured at 2.1 children).
Until it is confronted, there is little prospect of accomplishing anything beyond hand-wringing.
Demographic Vitality How many Jews are there in the United States? Indeed, the very process of counting has become wrapped in controversy.
By the year 2006, according to a policy institute in Israel, the American Jewish community, hitherto the world's largest, will for the first time fall behind the Jewish community of Israel in size. Last spring saw a series of private meetings, including one called by the president of the state of Israel, to discuss the demographic situation and what to do about it.