Why Do Jews Intermarry at a Much Higher Rate Than Others?

One Overlooked Reason: Americans May Like To Marry Jews

Why Us? Jews tend to get married later, which is a factor in the high numbers of intermarriages. But why do non-Jews marry Jews.
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Why Us? Jews tend to get married later, which is a factor in the high numbers of intermarriages. But why do non-Jews marry Jews.

By JTA

Published May 23, 2013.
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“If I meet a woman who wants to raise Jewish children,” said Neil, 47, “this is something that I could wrap my mind around.” He also said he would consider converting.

Will, 49, a school guidance counselor in Pennsylvania who is a practicing Catholic, joined JDate several months ago at the urging of a Presbyterian friend who had found love on the website. Will said that the Jewish women he has met and dated in his life struck him as “more grounded” and “a lot more passionate” than his usual dating partners.

Mary, a 48-year-old African-American psychologist who was raised Southern Baptist, said she decided she wanted to meet a Jewish man after discovering that a distant ancestor had been an Ethiopian Jew and hearing positive things about Jewish men. At first she had few options — Jews are in short supply where Mary lives in North Carolina – but seven months ago Mary discovered JDate. Since then, she had met several prospective Jewish suitors, but none have progressed into a real romantic relationship.

“This is the kind of guy I’ve always been looking for,” Mary said of the Jews she has met through JDate. “Whether I end up with one, I don’t know. But I do know that’s the caliber of man that I want.”


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