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Jewish Identity Among the Adult Children of Intermarriage: Event Horizon or Navigable Horizon?

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Publication Date: December 2004

Publisher(s): Association for Jewish Studies

Author(s): Benjamin Phillips; Fern Chertok

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Social conditions (Marriage and family life)

Keywords: American Jews; Identity formation; Family

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


We need to broaden our focus and look beyond why people intermarry to consider what happens to the children of intermarriage, because they are the vessels in which Jewish identity will or will not be perpetuated. How connected and involved are they in Jewish individual and communal life? To what extent do Jewish education, home life and social networks impact on their Jewish identities as adults?