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  • Most children of intermarriage aren’t told they are exclusively Jewish

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 19, 2015 | 1:31 pm

    Another day, another report on Jews and interfaith marriages. A comprehensive report: Millennial Children of Intermarriage: Touch points and Trajectories of Jewish Engagement. 58 pages of data and analysis from the inexhaustible team at Brandeis University’s Maurice and Marilyn...

  • Reconstructionists consider dropping ban on intermarried rabbis

    By Julie Bien

    April 21, 2015 | 6:37 pm

    The Reconstructionist movement is on the cusp of making a historic decision about whether to drop its longstanding ban against intermarried rabbinical school students.

    If the policy change passes, as most expect, Reconstructionism would become the first of America’s...

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz takes back critique of intermarriage

    February 3, 2015 | 11:44 am

    U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz rescinded comments she made about the problems that intermarriage poses for the Jewish community.

    “I do not oppose intermarriage; in fact, members of my family, including my husband, are a product of it,” Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the head of...

  • Assimilation? Not in Israel’s backyard (or so Israelis think)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 4, 2014 | 4:14 am

    Taking a break for a moment from the all-encompassing Gaza war, I return to a no less controversial topic: Jewish intermarriage. Two weeks ago, Israel was abuzz for a minute because of the Mahmoud-Morel Jewish-Muslim wedding (it was really a Muslim-Muslim wedding – she converted)....

  • 5 comments on the Mahmoud-Morel wedding and Israel’s intermarriage problems

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 19, 2014 | 3:53 am

    Israel is suddenly in intermarriage frenzy. The reason? No more than anecdotal: a Jewish woman decided to marry an Arab (Muslim) man. They had their wedding earlier this week. A big event for them, a non-event for the public. That is, except for the fact that a radical right-wing...

  • Call for protest spurs Arab groom, Jewish-born bride to hire security for party

    August 14, 2014 | 3:03 pm

    An Arab man and his Jewish-born bride hired 14 security guards for their wedding celebration in Israel in response to an anti-intermarriage Jewish group’s call for a protest rally at the hall.

    Mahmoud Mansour, who is Muslim, and Morel Malka, who recently converted to Islam,...

  • Intermarriage Math

    By Steve Greenberg

    October 25, 2013 | 1:16 pm

  • Could a robust ‘anti-intermarriage’ campaign work?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 17, 2013 | 7:25 am

    And you shall teach, coax and command your Jewish children to marry within the faith…and openly and vocally disapprove when they don’t.

    That, in a nutshell, is the new strategy Jack Wertheimer proposes to Jewish leaders as the way to stem the tide of Jewish intermarriage, which...

  • A short history of Jewish intermarriage

    August 8, 2013 | 11:45 am

    JTA’s Uriel Heilman reported this week on the continuing evolution of Jewish attitudes toward intermarriage. After the clarion call of the 1990 National Jewish Population Survey showed a 52 percent intermarriage rate among American Jews, Jewish groups poured millions into...

  • The war against intermarriage has been lost. Now what?

    August 6, 2013 | 11:59 am

    When the nation’s largest Jewish federation convened its first-ever conference recently on engaging interfaith families, perhaps the most notable thing about it was the utter lack of controversy that greeted the event.

    There was a time when the stereotypical Jewish approach to...

  • The Intermarriage Exchange, Part 3: On the Idea of One Big (Boring) American Religion

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 18, 2013 | 7:06 am

    Naomi Schaefer Riley is a former Wall Street Journal editor and writer whose work focuses on higher education, religion, philanthropy, and culture. She is the author of God on the Quad: How Religious Colleges and the Missionary Generation Are Changing America (St. Martin's, 2005)...

  • The Intermarriage Exchange, Part 2: What Jews Can Learn from Mormons

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 14, 2013 | 7:34 am

    Naomi Schaefer Riley is a former Wall Street Journal editor and writer whose work focuses on higher education, religion, philanthropy and culture. She is the author of God on the Quad: How Religious Colleges and the Missionary Generation Are Changing America (St. Martin's, 2005)...

  • The Intermarriage Exchange, Part 1: Are Jews Different?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 10, 2013 | 7:49 am

    Naomi Schaefer Riley is a former Wall Street Journal editor and writer whose work focuses on higher education, religion, philanthropy and culture. She is the author of God on the Quad: How Religious Colleges and the Missionary Generation Are Changing America (St. Martin's, 2005)...

  • Fertiltiy and Family Law Specialties To Cater to Jews and Not Mormons

    By Pini Herman

    April 18, 2013 | 12:28 pm

    Naomi Schaefer Riley in her Forward article argues that Jews can learn from Mormons about keeping intermarriage rates low forgot that we invented the techniques and certain parts of the Jewish community, salient among us, the ultra-Orthodox and Yeshivish communities still practice...

  • Interfaith marriage, Rabbi Rosove, and Mormonism

    By Mark Paredes

    October 1, 2012 | 11:14 pm

    While I was single, I often found myself wondering whether it would be better to remain a faithful Mormon bachelor all of my life or to marry a wonderful non-Mormon girl. I had a few opportunities to do so, and in moments of frustration I almost regretted not having pursued them...

  • Stage dramedy tackles interfaith marriage taboo

    August 15, 2012 | 11:00 am

    If you take Israel out of the equation, there’s little in the Jewish world that gets people as riled up as the idea of intermarriage. For most secular and liberal Jews, intermarriage, which once carried a huge social stigma, has become more acceptable. Visit any Reform synagogue in...

  • The Rosner-Cohen Exchange Part V: Are you biased against intermarried Jews?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 30, 2012 | 9:16 am

    This is the fifth ‎part in an ongoing debate with Prof. Steven M. Cohen of the Hebrew Union College, and Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner. Part I is here, Part II here, Part III here and Part IV here. We have been discussing many ‎issues, and readers are...

  • More Reform rabbis performing interfaith weddings

    July 3, 2012 | 1:56 pm

    Danny Richter and his fiancée, Lauren Perkins, have never been to a Jewish wedding, yet this fall, the interfaith couple is planning to be married in a Jewish wedding ceremony.

    The event marks other significant firsts: It also will be the first time that Rabbi Jill Perlman,...

  • Why don’t the intermarried of New York raise Jewish kids like they do in ‎Boston?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 2, 2012 | 4:35 am

    That “parents’ in-marriage is highly predictive of Jewish-engagement scores ‎years later” is hardly one of the most surprising findings buried in the ‎comprehensive New York Jewish Community study (on which I wrote here, here ‎and here). It is also not surprising that...

  • Does JDate care about Jewish weddings?

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 20, 2012 | 1:21 pm

    JDate may be a little confused about its mission.

    The online dating Website, which touts itself as “the premier Jewish singles community online” had a PR firm dredge up wedding-season publicity by releasing a list of the Top Five Jewish Celebrity Weddings of the past year.

  • Marriage, family pressure and Jewish geography

    By Pini Herman

    March 14, 2012 | 6:04 pm

    What is the difference between a pit bull and a Jewish Mother? The pit bull eventually lets go.

    It’s an old joke, but one that speaks to the role of familial connections among Jews, which play a large role in how we consider the Jewish geography of weddings and marriage. Where...

  • Fear over intermarriage is overblown

    By Leonard Saxe

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Purim is a time to dull our senses with drink and cloak our identity by dressing in costume. We do so in order to confront a troubling part of our history and the threats to Jewish life and continuity in the Diaspora.

    In our retelling of the Purim story, we sometimes forget that our...

  • Identity and connection spur more adult b’nai mitzvah

    By Peter L. Rothholz

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Norma Glickman wanted to make her own Jewish identity more meaningful. Her husband had studied to become an adult bar mitzvah, and after his death, she felt it would be a tribute to him to follow his example and become a bat mitzvah. When Glickman, 79, completed her study at Temple...
  • Intermarriage reports urge understanding and openness

    By Sue Fishkoff

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Three new scholarly reports on intermarriage argue for increasing Jewish educational opportunities, encouraging Jewish behaviors among both intermarried and inmarried Jews and opening the doors even further to intermarried couples and their children.

    One report, the result of a new...

  • Chai Center rabbi explains ‘off the handle’ e-mails

    By Julie G Fax

    February 14, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    The Chai Center presents itself as an open and non-judgmental address for Jews looking to learn more about Judaism, to have an authentic Jewish experience, or simply to meet other Jews.

    "All our activities are for Conservative, Reform, nonaffiliates, & any Jew that moves! They...

  • Some boo the Hindu that you do so well—others, not so much

    By Rob Eshman

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Last Friday night at Sinai Temple, Rabbi David Wolpe came off the bimah during services and whispered into my ear. "Interdating?! I bet you got some letters."

    The rabbi was right: Letters, phone calls and a woman at Sinai who followed me down in the elevator and out into the parking...

  • Our Hindu Widows

    By Rob Eshman

    August 9, 2007 | 12:00 pm

    I know too many beautiful, brilliant single Jewish women in their 30s and 40s.

    I hear too many stories about the lack of available Jewish men, the first dates who are too lost or too pathetic, the fights over marriage and children that end the relationship and send the woman, now a...

  • ‘Half-Jews’ fight for acceptance

    By Sue Fishkoff

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The Jewish world has a problem with the way Renee Kaplan defines herself: half-Jewish. Kaplan, a television producer in her mid-30s, is the daughter of a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother who was raised Jewish.

    "I've had endlessly to defend my half-Jewishness: resist rabbis who...

  • Taste-testing Judaism

    By Amy Klein

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Ingrid Vanderhope, an Australian-born Christian and practicing Jehovah's Witness, recently saw an advertisement in the Los Angeles Times picturing a spoon holding the words, "A Taste of Judaism," followed by the words "...Are you curious?"

    Sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism,...
  • East meets West over Shabbat sushi

    By Deborah Vankin

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Akira Mizutani, a tall, willowy Japanese man who's been living in Los Angeles for 12 years now, has long, flowing, jet black hair that hangs loose to his waist -- and on this night, his mane is topped with a yarmulke.

    Because tonight, like all Friday nights at the Glendale home he...
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