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Publication Date: April 2004

Publisher(s): Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

Author(s): Zachary Heller; Sherry Israel; Christopher Winship; Bruce Phillips; Arnold Dashefsky

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

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

Keywords: Jewish Continuity; Methodology; Intermarriage; Family

Type: Other

Coverage: United States


In this 'Double or Nothing Jewish Families and Mixed Marriage in the United States' panel, Dashefsky shares preliminary results from his recent in depth study of intermarried families, especially their attitudes towards their children's Jewish heritage. Phillips discusses his work on developing and testing a grounded theory of religious dynamics in interfaith families, defining five categories of mixed marriages based on the religious identifications of the partners, and showing that children of almost all of them tend to be raised with more markers of Christian than Jewish observance. Winship adds historical insight to aid our understanding Jewish intermarriage trends in the USA. Heller addresses the issue from a policy-planning perspective.