Jewish and Something Else: A Study of Mixed Married Families

Jewish and Something Else: A Study of Mixed Married Families

Sylvia Barack Fishman

Sylvia Barack Fishman shows in this study that the large number of mixed-marriages today is threatening Jewish continuity. While mixed-marriages are testament to Jews’ stability in American society, they weaken Jewish distinctiveness and the boundary between Jewish and non-Jewish identities. Fishman argues that there would be more conversion if only parents and Jewish communal leaders encouraged it. This study is part of AJC’s approach to mixed marriage consisting of data gathering, analysis, interpretation, advocacy, and coalition building.

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