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What will our children be?

What Will The Children Be?

What will our children be?These days the simcha (joy) of Jewish weddings is often tempered by angst. In North America, more than half of all Jews are now marrying Gentiles. As a result, the survival of the Jewish people is a natural concern. It is often voiced in the question, "What will the children be?"

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Of Mothers or Fathers

Of Mothers and Fathers

Of Mothers or FathersJewish survival is a dominant concern among Jewish-Gentile families. Will their children be Jews? Will the rest of the Jewish community consider them as Jews?

Social research has shown two key challenges that Jewish-Gentile families experience related to children.1

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The Spring Standoff

With intermarriage and Jewish/Gentile families becoming the norm on the American Jewish scene, we receive lots of questions during the Passover and Easter seasons.  People ask things like, "Can we host a Passover seder at our home for our intermarried children even though we are Gentile Christians?" "How can my wife, she is Jewish, and I celebrate Easter when my Jewish in-laws come to visit?" The questions can be especially thorny this year, since the two holidays occur during the same week.  The first night of Passover begins on April 8, lasting for a week.  Easter Sunday falls in the midst of that period, on Sunday April 12.

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You Are Not Alone

Survival is a Jewish community core value driver.  So, some influential voices, like sociologist Steven M. Cohen, have called intermarriage, “the greatest single threat to Jewish continuity.” However, this generation is not the first to make Jewish-Gentile marriage a common phenomenon.
 
This month we find an excellent illustration in the events around the life of beautiful Queen Esther (486-465 BC). Esther and her uncle Mordecai were among the large Diaspora Jewish community that was deported from Judea to Persia in 586 BC during the Babylonian invasion.  They were part of a remnant that had remained in exile and settled there rather than return to Judea with the first returnees to Jerusalem.  

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The Cupid is Naked

The Cupid is Naked

The Cupid is NakedIn the fable, The Emperor's New Clothes, two greedy men con the king.  They supposedly present him with magic cloth, which only wise men could see.  Sadly, the king commissioned a magnificent suit of clothes from the magical cloth, wanting to believe that it was truly worth the fortune. He wanted to believe that what he received matched his imagination and not the truth. The moral of the story has become an iconic warning against the dangers of ignoring reality.

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Recommended Books

Jewish Gentile Couples - Trends, Challenges and Hopes

Jewish-Gentile Couples:
Trends, Challenges and Hopes

by: Enoch Wan & Tuvya Zaretsky

Description:

Enoch Wan and Tuvya Zaretsky produced a report from qualitative social research on the challenges that are reported by Jewish-Gentile couples. The study found complex phenomenon at the juncture of two different cultures. The trend of intermarriage in America and the social implications will help people who are affected to better understand the nature of their challenges and to know they are not alone. It offers some initial resources and suggested ways forward. The book is a good introduction to the purpose behind the JewishGentileCouples.com website.

Publisher: William Carey Library

Pages: 126

ISBN: 0-87808-456-8

Buy Now: $7.00 + S&H

The Gospel and Jewish-Gentile Couples

Description:

MISHKAN is an international journal for people who are interested in Christian resources that are available for ministry among Jewish people. It offers a series of easy to read articles that summarize some of the important findings from the 2004 research into the challenges faced by Jewish-Gentile couples. Any Christian who is working with dating, cohabiting or married Jewish-Gentile couples will benefit from the helpful articles in this journal.

Buy Now: $12.00 + S&H

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Statistics / Facts

Statistical information

Demographic studies show that Jewish-Gentile couples are a large and growing segment of the American Jewish population. All the major surveys of the American Jewish intermarriage rate over the past thirty years have revealed a fourfold increase.   The National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS) 2000-01 reported that one third of all married American Jews today are wedded to Gentiles.

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Marriage Trends 2

Jewish-Gentile couples are a fast growing part of the American Jewish community. By the way, it isn't limited to the US.
 
How significant is Jewish-Gentile intermarriage in America? In 1970, the intermarriage rate was approximately 7 percent. By 1990, the National Jewish Population Survey reported the Jewish intermarriage rate had rocketed to 52 percent. Overall, more than one-third of all Jews in America are now intermarried. By now, the earliest wave of their children are reaching college age.

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The Background

Background

Demographic studies show that Jewish-Gentile couples are a large and growing segment of the American Jewish population. All the major surveys of the American Jewish intermarriage rate over the past thirty years revealed a fourfold increase.   The National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS) 2000-01 reported that 31% of all married American Jews today are wedded to Gentiles.  

The 2001 American Jewish Identity Survey (AJIS) reported 51% of all Jewish adults who married since 1990 were married to Gentiles. Additionally the AJIS revealed that 81% of all cohabiting Jews were living with Gentile partners.  
Formerly, intermarriage was a Jewish family taboo. The 2000 Annual Jewish Opinion Survey of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) revealed a surprising shift in opinion. The majority of ordinary American Jewish families were no longer pained at the prospect of a family member marrying a Gentile. The findings from the AJC survey reported that the taboo against intermarriage has “collapsed.” However the impact on Jewish and Gentile lives remains. Intermarriage of American Jewry is now the norm.

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Risk of Dissolution and Marital Instability

Marital Stability

Traditional Jewish social authorities, like rabbis, can no longer prevent intermarriage. The religious taboo against intermarriage has collapsed. Personal experience has led American Jews to realize that they can intermarry if they want. Christian society has found that the level of American individualism makes it unpopular to teach the Biblical material regarding being unequally yoked. Though the New Testament context is about business partnerships, it is clear that there is potential for spiritual disharmony when a believer in Jesus joins with another who does not share that faith. The Old Testament warning regarding taking spouses from among the heathen nations focused on the potential spiritual harm that the Israelite might endure. Nevertheless, Jews are marrying gentiles at an accelerating rate and with significant risk involved.

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