“In-Marriage: A New Discussion,” a Conversation with a Recent Essay by JTS Professor Jack Wertheimer

"'A Portrait of American Jews,' a major study due out soon from The Pew Research Center, is said to show that more than 60 percent of the children of intermarriage are raised as Jews.

It also notes that only 22 percent are given a Jewish education. What, then, does it mean to be raised Jewish if it doesn't include a Jewish education?

That's just one question certain to be brought up in a renewed discussion, prompted by the report, over the nature, sustainability and future of American Jewish life in the 21st century. Already in recent days a lively debate has emerged about whether intermarriage is the inevitable sociological result of a more open society and is offering new opportunities to enrich the Jewish community, or if it is a grave danger to Jewish continuity that should be countered more aggressively."

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