Jewish Communal Policy Toward Intermarried Couples

By Charles S. Liebman

Charles S. Liebman, February 2000

Liebman states that his own opposition to intermarriage is not based on its impact on Jewish continuity and survival any more than his support for Jewish education is based on its positive impact on Jewish continuity and survival. He believes that intermarriage (the marriage between a Jew and someone who currently non Jewish) is a betrayal of Judaism, of Jewish history, and of previous generations of Jews. In this speech he addresses the question of what the organized Jewish community, whether it is a synagogue, or a national synagogue movement, or a Jewish communal agency, or a local Federation should do about it. He is not concerned in this speech with how an individual Jew or a Jewish family should respond to the mixed marriage of a family member or a good friend.

Topic: Reform Judaism, Intermarriage, Jewish Federations, Jewish Identification, Jewish Organizations, Outreach, Religious Denominations

Name of Publication: The Collected Speeches of Charles S. Liebman

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Genre: Speech

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Liebman, Charles S. Jewish Communal Policy Toward Intermarried Couples. The Collected Speeches of Charles S. Liebman. Charles S. Liebman. February 2000:


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