Addressing the Needs of Intermarried Families in Cleveland: An Exploration of Decision-Making Among Parents of School-Age Children

By Pearl Beck

Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, Ukeles Associates, June 2008

According to demographic studies, Cleveland has a relatively low (23%) couples intermarriage rate and a relatively high (66%) proportion of intermarried families who are raising Jewish children. These rates undoubtedly reflect the substantial levels of affiliation in the Cleveland Jewish community. Yet the latest research also indicates that, as elsewhere, intermarriage is increasing in Cleveland – especially among more recently married couples and among people residing in the peripheral areas of the city.

This study aimed to obtain a better understanding of the factors and dynamics which predispose some intermarried families to connect to Jewish life. Specifically, it examined how intermarried couples in Cleveland decide within which religious tradition, if any, to raise their children and what types of Jewish educational experiences to provide for them. Another goal of the research was to identify programs and experiences which are regarded as "user-friendly" by intermarried families. The ultimate goal was to suggest ways to create more opportunities for intermarried families to experience Jewish life in Cleveland.

Topic: Intermarriage, Family, Affiliation, Demography

Funder: Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland

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Genre: Report

Coverage: Cleveland, Ohio

Language: English

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Beck, Pearl. Addressing the Needs of Intermarried Families in Cleveland: An Exploration of Decision-Making Among Parents of School-Age Children. Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland,Ukeles Associates. June 2008: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4286


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