Paul Golin

A Jewpanese Couple At The Party

It’s absurd to suggest that we can turn back from demographic trends of intercultural, inter-religious and interracial blending.

12/22/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

As thrilled and honored as I was to represent my organization at the White House Chanukah Party on December 17, and be in the same room with the First Lady and President of the United States (and Gwyneth Paltrow apparently, though I sadly didn’t see her), I shared a particular pride with only a handful of others in the room. The rabbi leading the blessings during the menorah lighting for the 500-plus “machers,” as she called us, was born to an Asian mother and an Ashkenazi father — just like my son.

Yurika and Paul Golin

Just How Big Is Intermarriage? You Don't Really Know.

08/14/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

Even if you’re a very casual observer of the U.S. Jewish community and a friend who knows nothing about it asks you, “How big a phenomenon is Jewish intermarriage?” you’d probably be able to answer, “It’s pretty big.”

Intermarriage

Everybody Thinks They're 'Chosen'

06/03/2014
Jewish Week Online Columnist

I grew up with an epic clash of narratives, as did so many of my Jewish-American peers. On the one hand, we were told that everyone is equal, and therefore we should judge people on their actions and individual character, not based on their ethnicity, religion, or socioeconomic status.

Yet at the same time, I was told to only marry Jewish.

Paul Golin

Kosher Bacon? Passover Bagel?

Novelty foodstuffs can raise deep questions about meaning -- or the lack of it.

04/01/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

There is a unifying credo every American can agree upon, regardless of generational, racial or red-state/blue-state divide: Everything is better with bacon.

"OU:" Just the letters of the law? JTA

Happy Valentine's Day, Yair Netanyahu

02/12/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

It may be risky to publicly admit that I’m thinking of someone this Valentine’s Day in addition to my lovely wife. But I am, and his name is Yair Netanyahu.

Paul Golin

Enough Already With The Xmas Wars!

Yikes, Chanukah has barely begun and this Christmas-Chanukah thing is starting to feel like the Chelsea (another “ch” word*) Clinton wedding: enough already!

Is Intermarriage On The Decline?

Google Alerts, you have failed me!

Last week, sociologist Bruce Phillips argued in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal’s “Demographic Duo” blog that intermarriage actually declined between 1990 and 2000, the period in which the Jewish establishment was in the midst of a continuity panic attack.

I only stumbled upon his interesting post today, after Google belatedly alerted me to a follow-up post from demographic researcher Pini Herman, the duo’s other half. 

According to Phillips, the National Jewish Population Surveys of 2000 and 1990 measured intermarriage in a “problematic” manner inconsistent with the way “the larger field of demography” measures interracial (and presumably inter-ethnic?) marriage. This, he says, made for misleadingly high intermarriage stats.

Is Anyone Jewish Enough?

I know you will find this shocking, but Tiger Mom Amy Chua is not the only topic about which people are writing this week.

Several of my friends have nice articles/posts out about intermarriage-related issues.

Kosher Pigs And Jewish Privilege

 So, while I was gallivanting about Ann Arbor and Pittsburgh (with a very brief, rainy pit stop in Oberlin, Ohio), my intermarried pals Paul Golin and Laurel Snyder were busily advancing The Cause.

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