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Double or Nothing Jewish Families and Mixed Marriage in the United States Keynote Address: Judaism in the Interfaith Household

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Publication Date: April 2004

Publisher(s): Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

Author(s): Leonard Saxe; Harvey Cox

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Multiculturalism and cultural relations)
Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Social conditions (Marriage and family life)

Keywords: Family; Pluralism; Intermarriage; Jewish Identification

Type: Speech

Coverage: United States


The speaker, a Christian theologian, describes the decisions and practices that he and his Jewish wife adopted in raising their son as a Jew. He discusses the role of gentiles in Jewish life and the obligation that he sees that Christian institutions should support interfaith couples in raising their children as Jews. He also addresses his own relationship with Jewish customs and practices and how his life has changed since choosing a Jewish lifestyle for himself and his family.