Bridging Differences in Gay and Lesbian Interfaith Partnerships
By Amber Powers
Jews and gay men and lesbians share the status of being members of minority groups with long histories of oppression. Each of these groups has historically drawn different lessons and values out of the experience of being persecuted. For Jews, anti-Semitism has made the threat of "dying out" feel very tangible. Even as anti-Semitism seemed to have abated in the world, Jews still worried about the survival of their faith. As Jews have had more opportunities to assimilate into the larger secular culture and interact with others, the real possibility has emerged that they will give up their Jewish identity. In the United States, there has been a longstanding concern by the organized Jewish community that Judaism will be lost in the greater culture. Consequently, many Jews have reacted to their concerns about Jewish continuity and survival by opposing intermarriage and becoming increasingly insular.
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Powers, Amber. Bridging Differences in Gay and Lesbian Interfaith Partnerships. Interfaithfamily.com. 2003: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7769