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Intermarriage and Rabbinic Officiation

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Publication Date: January 1989

Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee

Author(s): Egon Mayer

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Marriage and family life)

Keywords: American Jews; Family; Jewish identification

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Whether rabbinic officiation at mixed marriages in fact has consequences for the future Jewishness of the couples involved is a matter of conjecture. To shed light on this issue, the present study offers some data from a survey of intermarried couples, both conversionary and mixed. It compares certain measures of Jewish identification in mixed-married couples and in conversionary families. It also compares these measures in mixed-married couples who were married by rabbis and those who were not either because a rabbi refused them or because they never asked a rabbi.