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Forum III: Changing Perceptions of Intermarriage

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Publication Date: January 1990

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

Author(s): Steven Bayme

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 66:3

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Cultural heritage and preservation)
Social conditions (Marriage and family life)

Keywords: Jewish Continuity; Intermarriage; Jewish Outreach

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


In recent years, there has been a shift in popular attitudes both within and outside the Jewish community toward a greater acceptance of intermarriage. There are signs that the official stance of Jewish leadership toward intermarriage—outrage and outreach—may be changing toward a redefinition of it as beneficial and not a danger to be contained. Yet, Jewish leaders must acknowledge intermarriage as a threat to Jewish continuity, identity, and unity.