Reform Leadership Survey: The Intermarriage Dilemma

By Mark L. Winer

Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), Spring 1987

This article discusses preliminary findings on intermarriage within Reform and North American Jewry from a study of 3000 delegates who attended the Fall 1986 Biennial conventions of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC) and the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods (NFTS). Preliminary findings focus on the intermarriage rate among the delegates and their families, their Jewish background, their informal friendship patterns, their secular education, their child-bearing, and their feelings about hypothetical events in the lives of their children. Findings from this study question the extent of the relationship between intermarriage and Jewish identity and the assumption that intermarriage occurs only among Jewish families with low levels of Jewish observance, knowledge and commitment.

Topic: Reform Judaism, Intermarriage, Jewish Identification, Survey

Name of Publication: Reform Judaism

Volume/Issue: vol.15/no.3

Page Number(s): 18

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Genre: Article

Coverage: North America

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Winer, Mark L. Reform Leadership Survey: The Intermarriage Dilemma. Reform Judaism. Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). Spring 1987: 18.


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