Intermarriage: From a Religio-Ethnic Perspective

By Mordecai M. Kaplan, Herschel Schacter

UJA-Federation of New York, 1965

Intermarriage is a threat to Jewish continuity, an ailment that should be treated "pathologically." Since a person's religio-ethnic group is the source of his values, intramarriage is more likely to be successful than intermarriage. Therefore, desegregation of Jews and acceptance of citizenship is one of the ultimate causes for increased intermarriage. It weakens the Jew's possibility to embrace his Jewish heritage. Jewry must be directed to life of organic Jewish communities. A following discussion of this matter emphasizes the fact that today the question "Who is a Jew" is not sufficient. The question "Why to be a Jew?" must be answered as well, through its aspects and implications on modern Jewry. Through the discussion, some tensions were revealed between Reconstructionist and Orthodox approaches to Judaism.

Topic: Continuity, Intermarriage, Orthodox Judaism, Jewish Identification, Spirituality, Reconstructionist Judaism, Meaning, Jewish Continuity, Values, Assimilation

Name of Publication: Conference on Intermarriage

Page Number(s): 1-26

Funder: Moe and Louis Mark of the Supreme Printing Co., Inc.

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Kaplan, Mordecai M. Schacter, Herschel. Intermarriage: From a Religio-Ethnic Perspective. Conference on Intermarriage. UJA-Federation of New York. 1965: 1-26.


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