One of our goals is to help cross-cultural communication. We can increase understanding if we define terms that we use regularly. That is why we include a brief glossary here.
The term “couple,” as used in this context, has in mind two partners who are dating, cohabiting or who are married. In all cases, only one of the partners is Jewish. Some of the information provided is based on research conducted among heterosexual American Jewish-Gentile couples.
In this website, the term “Jew” is an ethnic designation. It refers to the people who are physical descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Ethnicity is a genetic factor as distinct from a religious designation. Not all of the people who are Jews practice a “Jewish religion.” The question of “Who is a Jew?” often has religious, political and sociological connotations. In the sense it is utilized here the term is stripped of those implications and used in the purely ethnic sense as of a blood-related people. It is a distinction based upon physical descendents. To illustrate, genetic diseases, like Tay-Sachs disease, are found only among ethnic Jewish people without regard for their religious beliefs, political inclinations or their social status.