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Sensitizing Jewish Professionals to Intermarriage Issues in Counseling, Group Work, and Education

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Publication Date: January 1990

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

Author(s): Judy Petsonk

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 66:3

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Social conditions (Marriage and family life)
Social conditions (Psychology)

Keywords: Psychology; Jewish Identification; Intermarriage

Type: Report


In the long run, the individual goals of counseling and group work offered under Jewish auspices and the communal goals of strengthening the Jewish community should coincide. By assisting interfaith couples to develop strong marriages, professionals and the Jewish community for whom they work become important resources in their lives. Counseling and group work skills can be used most effectively when intermarriage is considered in the context of developmental theory.