Recently I gave a presentation at a JCC, the marketing of which included the statement, “Intermarriage is good, period.” One of the newly intermarried couples in attendance came up to me afterwards to confide the difficulty of their situation. One half of the couple was not Jewish, while the other half hailed from a disapproving modern-Orthodox family. The event at the JCC was the first offering they’d seen from the Jewish community that presented intermarriage as positive. And my first thought was, “Still?”
Yom Kippur made me an atheist. Or at least it confirmed for me that I already was one.
The real issue at hand is that the policing of Jewish observance by Jews against other Jews is disastrous regardless of who’s doing it.
Are American Jews really as anxiety-ridden as Gal Beckerman claims? Paul Golin says most of us are post-ethnic, post-tribal, post-denominational, Jewish-when-we-want-to-be Jews — and fine with that.
Move over Jewish day schools. There’s a new intermarriage panacea in town, and its name is Birthright Israel.