Jewish Communal Policy toward Outmarried Families: The Question of Outreach

Publication Date: January 2000

Publisher: Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

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

Research Area: Social conditions

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.