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.