Last week the Pew Forum of Religion and Public Life released its “US Religious Landscape Survey.”  It’s quite awesome, as it maps out the myriad religious communities in the United States — by region, by income, education, marriage and reproductive patterns, age, gender, ethnicity, and, well, just about everything short of sock color.  So, if you want to know how Jews measure up next to other Americans, I recommend checking it out.  For those of you who prefer bullet points:
1.  28% of Americans now identify with a faith tradition that they were not born into.
2.  16.1% of Americans do not identify with any faith tradition (Easily the group with the largest growth). 
3.  The percentage of Jews converting out of Judaism exceeds the percentage of people becoming Jews by choice.

This isn’t about bean-counting, but it does tell an important part of the story for American Jews — Jews may be different, but Jews are not exceptional.  At least no more exceptional than any of the other religious communities in America.