The BirthRATE Program

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Naomi Less

Founding Ritual Leader and Associate Director | Lab/Shul

With each new report on the size of the Jewish population in the United States, people come up with new ideas on how to solve the problem of our shrinking numbers. Drawing inspiration from the Birthright Israel... See more

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Journal of Jewish Communal Service 89#1 Page-24

The Birthrate Program A New Strategy for Jewish Communal Growth Naomi Less and Rabbi Idit Solomon "What do you want to be when YOU grow up?" said the mother to her daughter Naomi, then age 5. Naomi replied, "I want to be a singer and a teacher and a musician and a mommy."

A Portrait of Jewish Americans

American Jews overwhelmingly say they are proud to be Jewish and have a strong sense of belonging to the Jewish people, according to a major new survey by the Pew Research Center. But the survey also suggests that Jewish identity is changing in America, where one-in-five Jews (22%) now describe themselves as having no religion.

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Naomi  Less, 

Founding Ritual Leader and Associate Director | Lab/Shul

Naomi Less is a Brooklyn-based, internationally celebrated singer/musician, composer, ritualist, activist/educator and radio host of Jewish Rock Radio's "Jewish Women Rock Show". Naomi serves as Associate Director and one of the Founding Ritual Leaders of Lab/Shul. Naomi is also the teen track director of Songleader Boot Camp. Her musical, educational and spiritual training comes from JTS Davidson School, the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, ChangeCraft (formerly Center for Leadership Initiatives) and Northwestern University. Naomi co-created a multidisciplinary traveling performance piece that premiered in NYC March 2018, called TRYmester: Jewish Fertility Journeys Out Loud. She serves Vice President is Uprooted: a Jewish Response to Fertility Journeys.