The Role of the Jewish Family Agency in Dealing with Intermarriage

By Benjamin R. Sprafkin

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Summer 1967

Intermarriage is an increasing threat to Jewish continuity, and it is expected that Jewish family agencies should take a role in combatting this danger. Jewish family organizations tend to deal with a significant number of engaged interfaith couples who seek to work through their personal difficulties with intermarriage. Generally, direct opposition to the intermarriage on the part of a social worker is ineffective in obtaining the result of the Jewish partner breaking off the engagement. It is hoped that by stimulating in Jewish clients a re-evaluation of basic values and goals, intermarriages will generally decrease. Additionally, preemptive family life education can serve as an important deterrent to intermarriage.

Topic: Continuity, Intermarriage, Social Work, Jewish Identification, Jewish Continuity, Values

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 43/No. 4

Page Number(s): 349-354

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Sprafkin, Benjamin R. The Role of the Jewish Family Agency in Dealing with Intermarriage. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Summer 1967: 349-354. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5121


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