One In Four U.K. Jews Intermarry – In The U.S. It’s One In Two

Concerns over rising intermarriage rates appear to be exaggerated, with the trend in both the UK and the USA remaining stable over the past 20 years.

07/11/2016 - 16:24
Editorial Intern

A new report by a British Jewish research organization that found that the intermarriage rate in the United Kingdom has remained stable in the last three decades — roughly half of the rate in the United States — has reignited the debate surrounding intermarriage.

Comparison of intermarriage rates in the UK and USA

For Jewish Mormons, Hybrid Identity Seen As No Contradiction

02/24/2016 - 11:30

Salt Lake City – Phyllis Miller’s experience growing up in Southern California wasn’t much different from that of many American Jews.

A statue of Brigham Young at the Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. JTA

The Case For Conservative Rabbis Officiating At Intermarriages

Here's how to take the step with carefully considered standards and practices, instead of chaos.

12/22/2015 - 12:18
Special To The Jewish Week

I gave a sermon on intermarriage to my congregation in 1994. I did not do so again until this year. No rabbi is in favor of intermarriage, but there are few congregants in Conservative and Reform synagogues (and in many Modern and centrist Orthodox ones) that do not have someone in their family married to a non-Jew. Anything that might be said on this sensitive subject will inevitably touch a nerve and cause hurt, however unintentionally.

Steven Kane

Conservative Jewry’s Numbers Plummeting, But Core Engagement Steady

11/10/2015 - 19:00

When delegates to the biennial convention of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism meet next week near Chicago, they will be seeking a way forward for a movement challenged by numerical decline but holding steady in Jewish engagement.

Neshama Carlebach and Josh Nelson performing at the United Synagogue centennial in Baltimore, Md. JTA

Conservative Rabbis Want To Talk About Intermarriage

11/03/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

We recently conducted a survey of Conservative rabbis about intermarriage and were fascinated by what we learned.

Paul Golin

Conservative Rabbis Open To Performing Intermarriages?

Big Tent Judaism email survey slighted by movement leader.

10/27/2015 - 20:00

A survey of 249 Conservative rabbis finds that almost half have defied the movement’s ban on attending interfaith weddings and that 40 percent would officiate at such weddings if the movement permitted them to do so.

Orthodox Rabbis Confront Intermarriage

How do I connect with people whose life choice I disagree with — and keep them engaged in the Jewish community?

10/26/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Some people might think that facing the challenging reality of intermarriage and being fully committed to Orthodox Judaism is an oxymoron. Yet, two weeks ago, 20 Orthodox rabbis accepted an invitation by Big Tent Judaism and the Lindenbaum Center for Halachic Studies at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah to join together for a behind-closed-doors, daylong symposium focused on the nexus of the two issues.


Study: Conservative Rabbis Open To Officiating At Intermarriage

10/21/2015 - 20:00

A controversial new survey of Conservative rabbis shows that nearly 4 in 10 (38 percent) would officiate at the marriage of a Jew and non-Jew if the Conservative movement lifted its prohibition on these unions.

study by Big Tent Judaism, “The Views and Practices of Conservative Rabbis on Issues Related to Interfaith Families

Will Other Movements Follow?

08/18/2015 - 20:00

When Rabbi Aaron Panken took over as president of the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College — Jewish Institute of Religion in June 2014, one of the first issues he inherited from his predecessor was the very question the Reconstructionist movement is grappling with now. A group of students at HUC was pushing the administration to re-examine its ban on admitting and graduating students in interfaith relationships.

“We’re not ready to do it,” Rabbi Aaron Panken, president of HUC, said about admitting and graduating intermarried rabbis.

Op-Ed: If You Marry A Jew, You’re One Of Us

04/05/2015 - 20:00

Millennia ago, before rabbis existed or conversion was invented, thousands who were not born Jewish became part of the Jewish community through a very simple act: They married a Jew.

Marc Mezvinsky and Chelsea Clinton at their wedding, July 31, 2010. Genevieve de Manio
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