For American Millennials in general, the definition of spirituality seems to stem from something less institutional in nature, in favor of a more mystical or open approach toward faith. The same likely holds true for the subset of Jewish Millennials specifically. A 2015 Barna study found that U.S. Millennials as a whole are fairly split on what it means to be “spiritual.” Almost one out of every five U.S. Millennials (19%) says that being spiritual means believing in a higher power or something bigger than oneself. More than one out of eight U.S. Millennials (13%) says that it’s about having a connection or relationship or being in touch with God or a higher power. And more than one in 10 (11%) says that being spiritual is primarily tied to behavior or action that accompanies faith. Others say it’s about being a moral, loving or good person, concerned with others and bettering themselves (10%). About as many—11 percent—are not exactly sure what being spiritual means, but they do agree that it is important.

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