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Intermarriage and the Jewish Future: A National Study in Summary

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Publication Date: January 1979

Publisher(s): American Jewish Committee

Author(s): Egon Mayer; Carl Sheingold

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Social conditions (Marriage and family life)

Keywords: American Jews; Marriage; Family

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

The study sought to examine the impact of intermarriage on the couples involved and on their families, as well as on their ties to the Jewish community. More particularly the study tries to find whether intermarriage leads to a diminishing identification with Judaism and the Jewish community on the part of the Jewish spouse; whether intermarriage promotes conflict between marriage partners; whether intermarriage causes alienation between the Jewish spouse and his/her parents, siblings, extended family; how non-Jewish spouses feel about the introduction of Jewish content into their family lives and about efforts to provide Jewish observance at home.