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Jewish Communal Policy toward Outmarried Families: The Question of Outreach

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Publication Date: January 2000

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Charles S. Liebman; Sylvia Barack Fishman

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 77:1

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Social conditions (Marriage and family life)
Social conditions (Social values)

Keywords: Jewish Identification; Jewish Continuity; Family

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The communal debate over outreach to outmarried families focuses on the wrong issue. Intermarriage is not the cause of assimilation but rather a symptom. The values held by many American Jews lead to intermarriage.