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  • Chicken Little, chicken soup and the Reform moment

    by Roger Price

    January 9, 2014 | 3:34 pm

    Almost half a century ago, a cover story in Look Magazine described “The Vanishing American Jew.” Extrapolating from demographic trends on intermarriage, birth rates and generational assimilation, the author predicted that the Jewish community in America would blend in and...

  • 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...

  • Winds of change

    By David Suissa

    June 14, 2012 | 11:46 am

    Mainstream American Judaism, in a desperate attempt to remain relevant in a wide-open and freewheeling culture, has kicked open all its doors and windows, and at least one Jew is not happy. Jack Wertheimer, professor of American Jewish history at the Jewish Theological Seminary in...

  • Rabbis Fail to Bridge Denominational Gulf

    By Andrea Adelson

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Nearly a year ago, Jack Wertheimer, provost of the Conservative movement's Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and a scholar of demographic trends, put a challenge to a former student.

    Jews around the nation are deeply involved in interfaith initiatives, Wertheimer noted. But they...

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  • A Second Wake-Up Call

    By Jack Wertheimer

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It took nearly 10 years, but now the other shoe has dropped. In the early 1990s, the American Jewish community was jolted by findings of an intermarriage rate exceeding 50 percent during the previous five years. Now, a new survey sponsored by the American Jewish Committee...