When Lucy Cohen's Mother Is Not Jewish

By Harold M. Schulweis

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, March 4, 1994

Writing in defense of the Reform Movement's decision in 1983 to accept patrilineal descent (along with a commitment to raise the child Jewish) as an acceptable basis for Jewish identity, the author argues that the Jewish people is hemorrhaging members rapidly, and that the net needs to be cast wider in order to retain young Jews and ensure the continuity of Judaism. That Conservative and Orthodox communities consider committed Reform Jews of patrilineal descent to be non-Jewish is bound to be hurtful and offensive to many, the author argues.

Topic: Halakha, Continuity, Jewish Law, Policy, Change, Jewish Identity, Liberal Judaism, Survey, Jewish Continuity, Demography, Religious Denominations, Reform Judaism, Intermarriage, Jewish Identification, Study, Identity, Population Estimate

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Cardin, Nina Beth

Volume/Issue: Vol.24/no.469

Page Number(s): 4-5

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Schulweis, Harold M. When Lucy Cohen's Mother Is Not Jewish. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 4 March 1994: 4-5. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7487


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