Non-Jews in Jewish Families

By Steven M. Cohen

American Jewish Committee (AJC), 2005

The author analyzes the perspective of the Jewish community on intermarriage in order to examine the nature, causes, and consequences of Jewish-Gentile intermarriage. He discusses the "PREP Effect" - an attitude towards intermarriage which asserts that intermarriage can be predicted based on four factors: the religious identity of one's parents, the family's ritual observance, the extent of Jewish education, and proximity to other Jews. The author goes on to assert that the congregational membership of an intermarried couple is a key factor in how they ultimately raise their family. He also notes that the Jewish identity and observance of the inter-married family is greatly affected by how closely the non-Jewish spouse is tied to Jewish group identity.

Topic: Continuity, Intermarriage, Jewish Identification, Family, Jewish Continuity

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Genre: Brief

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Cohen, Steven M. Non-Jews in Jewish Families. American Jewish Committee (AJC). 2005:


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