The Coming Majority

By Paul Golin

Big Tent Judaism / Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI), April 2003

This paper is presented to counter misunderstandings within the Jewish community, one of which is that there is an important difference between a 40% rate of intermarriage versus a 50% or 60% rate of intermarriage and that Jews are not doing enough (or shouldn't do any more) to engage intermarried families in Jewish life. The author argues that intermarried families hold the key to the growth of the Jewish community, in addition to asserting that the Jewish community is still an overall unfriendly place to newcomers. The author also adds that instead of attempting to stop intermarriage, Jew should create an environment that emphasizes love of Jewish life in all Jews while also creating a safety net for those who intermarry. The author concludes by affirming that intermarriage won't end Jewish continuity, but not raising Jewish children will.

Topic: Continuity, Intermarriage, Children, Family, Outreach, Jewish Continuity

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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