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Jewish Education and its Implications for Mixed Marriages

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Abstract:

In this panel at the "Double or Nothing: Jewish Families and Mixed Marriages in the United States" conference, panelists scrutinize the relationship between Jewish education and patterns of intermarriage. Woocher considers the impact of intermarried families on the market for Jewish education, with regards to decreasing enrollments, school policies on issues like the admittance of patrilineal Jews, modes of education, and curriculum content. He questions whether and to what extent preventing intermarriage ought to be an explicit goal of Jewish education, as well as how discourse is to be framed and boundaries established. Levisohn focuses on how the presence of a critical mass of children from intermarried families does and should affect the educational content and environment at Jewish schools.