Intermarriage and Communal Policy: Prevention, Conversion, and Outreach

By Steven Bayme

American Jewish Committee (AJC), KTAV Publishing House, Inc., 1994

While some Jewish social policymakers advise moving away from a strategy of preventing intermarriage, and towards a strategy of only outreach to the intermarried, the author insists that the Jewish community must continue to pursue a multitrack and nuanced approach consisting of prevention, conversion, and continued outreach to the mixed-married. The author explores the issue and concludes that four pressing tasks face the Jewish community: acknowledging that intermarriage is a disaster in the making; refraining from comforting statements when comfort is not called for; realizing that what social scientists do and say creates a climate of communal norms; and setting realistic goals for outreach efforts.

Topic: Continuity, Intermarriage, Conversion, Engagement, Jewish Continuity

Name of Publication: The Jewish Family and Jewish Continuity

Page Number(s): 285-293

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Genre: Book Chapter

Language: English

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Bayme, Steven. Intermarriage and Communal Policy: Prevention, Conversion, and Outreach. The Jewish Family and Jewish Continuity. American Jewish Committee (AJC),KTAV Publishing House, Inc.. 1994: 285-293. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=3551


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