Within Reach: Response to a Challenge

By William H. Lebeau

American Jewish Committee (AJC), 1991

Jewish marriage must come to be seen as a hiyuv: an essential religious obligation placed upon all Jews by God and the tradition. A concerned Jewish community's response to intermarriage must begin with the goal of developing within non-Orthodox Jews a sense of obligation to God and to the preservation of Jewish tradition. There shouldn't be an investment in separate outreach programs for intermarried couples. On the contrary, intermarried couples should be encouraged to participate in Jewish community activities, which may lead to the conversion of the non-Jewish spouse.

Topic: Halakha, Continuity, Intermarriage, Jewish Law, Tradition, Jewish Identification, Conversion, Ideology, Outreach, Jewish Continuity

Name of Publication: The Intermarriage Crisis - Jewish Communal Perspectives and Responses

Page Number(s): 13-16

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Genre: Conference Presentation

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Lebeau, William H. Within Reach: Response to a Challenge. The Intermarriage Crisis - Jewish Communal Perspectives and Responses. American Jewish Committee (AJC). 1991: 13-16. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=10836


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