Reform Jewish Leaders, Intermarriage and Conversion

By Jonathan D. Sarna

Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), Winter 1990

Sarna analyzes the study Leaders of Reform Judaism, stating that it is an honest study, methodologically sophisticated, and it makes available a wealth of interesting data. Like all such studies, it must be used with discernment: the data base is necessarily small; women seem to be overrepresented (60 percent to 40 percent); East Coast Jews are underrepresented; and over 80 percent of the respondents are over the age of 40. Obviously, the leadership of the Reform movement is neither a microcosm of American Jewry nor a microcosm of the Reform movement as a whole. But this study can nevertheless teach us a great deal, especially about the complex question of intermarriage.

Topic: Reform Judaism, Intermarriage, Conversion, Leadership, Study, Jewish Literacy

Name of Publication: Reform Judaism

Volume/Issue: Vol.37/no.1

Page Number(s): 1-10

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Sarna, Jonathan D. Reform Jewish Leaders, Intermarriage and Conversion. Reform Judaism. Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). Winter 1990: 1-10.


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