Publication Date: January 1999
Publisher: Brandeis University Press
Author(s): Petter Y. Medding; Gary A. Tobin; Sylvia Barack Fishman; Mordechai Rimor
Research Area: Social conditions
Keywords: American Jews; Jewish identification; Marriage
Coverage: United States
This article focuses on the qualitative aspects of Jewish intermarriage in the United States. It presents a theory of Jewish identity that provides a framework for the systematic empirical analysis of Jewish identification and behavior in households representing three basic marriage types: in-marriage, conversionary and mixed marriage. The study employs a typology for categorizing patterns of Jewish identification and behavior. The typology makes it possible to clarify whether and under what conditions Jewish identity is maintained in such marriages and to evaluate the character and content of that Jewish identity.