The Huffington Post has an editorial asking that question by a Rabbi Sid Schwartz.
Bad news for conservative judaism:
>> The USCJ press release was accompanied by data showing that the movement has lost 14 percent of its affiliated families since 2001, and twice that percentage in the northeast region.
Here is really where the jews should kick themselves in the asses. The article says
>> Jewish funders are more eager to fund alternatives to synagogues than innovations within synagogues. Benefitting from this trend are independent minyanim, outreach programs to non-traditional populations (e.g. 20-somethings, GLBTs, interfaith families, etc.)
It's suprising that 20 somethings is considered a non-traditional population for jewish outreach. Morons. Whoever was in charge of jewish outreach all these years should do japanese ritual suicide. The thing in jewish society is that adherence is considered a given and it's like the religion owns people and if it is falling apart it's because of "apathy" and not because jewish outreach is "failing" with noone working for them getting "fired." The Jewish religion don't own anyone. Maybe in 1811 or 1711 or 1611, but not in 2011. If the Jewish leadership continues to fail to realize this then they are going to continue to see their retention rates diminish while they freeload off of the jewish orgs without providing results.