Report From Lithuania

By Basia Nikiforova

Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women, November 1, 1999

The author explains the situation of the Lithuanian Jewish community, situating it in its historical and geopolitical context. The tiny remaining community (5,500) constitutes 0.2% of the population of Lithuania, has a 41% rate of intermarriage, and 56% of their children are born into families of mixed-origin. Only 42% of them identify themselves as Jewish. To what extent Jews might disappear in Lithuania and how quickly that could occur depends on the current and future Jewish identity of children from mixed marriages, and the focus of the author's research is the role of Jewish women in the promotion of children's Jewish identity in the mixed family.

Topic: History, Intermarriage, Culture, Women, Assimilation

Name of Publication: Working Paper Series

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Genre: Brief

Coverage: Lithuania

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Nikiforova, Basia. Report From Lithuania. Working Paper Series. Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women. 1 November 1999:


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