San Diego represents this incredible assimilation of Jews in the society. When we survived the Holocaust, we wanted to just melt in so we couldn't be picked out again, and we succeeded.

The affiliation rate was lower here than in almost any city. The affiliation rate was less than 20 percent.

Very, very few attend religious service. Only 7 percent say they attend weekly. Seventy-five percent say they attend less than three times a year.

How can it be that being Jewish is important to people, but they're not practicing it? They're not involved in the community. Is there a disconnect here? That question kept me up.