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Ethnocultural Factors in Marital Communication Among Intermarried Couples

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Publication Date: January 1990

Publisher(s): Conference of Jewish Communal Service (U.S.)

Author(s): Esther Perel

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 66:3

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Social conditions (Marriage and family life)

Keywords: Family; Jewish Identification; Intermarriage

Type: Report


Intermarriage can be seen as the victory of love over tradition. Yet, the persistence of each partner's attachments to his or her cultural and religious background and its meaning and symbols influence the marriage. It is the drawing out of these meanings and attachments through marital therapy that can help the couple achieve a deeper intimacy and harmony.