Let's Not Undermine Religious Conversion

By Jack Wertheimer

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), October 1999

Responding to recent writings by Gary Tobin and Egon Mayer, the author argues that rather than becoming more welcoming of intermarried families as Tobin and Mayer suggest, Judaism ought to do more to discourage intermarriage, and encourage genuine and meaningful conversion of non-Jewish spouses in existing intermarriages. New initiatives toward hospitality to the intermarried which have been ongoing since 1980 have caused a drop in the rate of conversion, the author argues, because the community has conferred all benefits of membership on non-Jewish spouses without expecting conversion.

Topic: Congregations and Synagogues, Continuity, Intermarriage, Conversion, Jewish Continuity, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

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Genre: Brief

Language: English

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Wertheimer, Jack. Let's Not Undermine Religious Conversion. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). October 1999: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=2471


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