Despite decades of worry that American ‘children of intermarriage’ would be lost to the community, a large-scale study found that the story is more complicated, and more hopeful.
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.
Some argue that intermarried rabbis are unacceptable because they’re not modeling ideal Jewish behavior. But Ben Bernstein says that many rabbinical students today aren’t out to be role models at all.
Rather than hurting Judaism, seeing rabbis who intermarry create Jewish homes and raise Jewish children should convincingly illustrate how intermarriage does not inhibit Jewish involvement.
Reconstructionists have decided to permit intermarried rabbis. Jane Eisner says this dramatic change risks diminishing our religious leadership at a time when we need it the most.
EDITORIAL: After the Supreme Court gave LGBT people the right to marry, Jane Eisner says it’s high time for liberals and conservatives to unite behind a pro-marriage agenda — for straight people, too.
The Reconstructionist movement is on the cusp of making a historic decision about whether to drop its longstanding ban against intermarried rabbinical school students.
The Jewish world has long grappled with consequences of intermarriage. Steven M. Cohen and Joy Levitt say we should embrace the reverse trend: people marrying into the Tribe can be considered Jewish.
The Conservative movement is slowly coming around to accepting intermarriage. Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanofsky explains why rabbis must resist the trend for the future of the Jewish people.