It's Not Just Who Stands Under the Chuppah: Intermarriage and Engagement

By Leonard Saxe, Benjamin Phillips, Fern Chertok

Maurice & Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies (CMJS), Steinhardt Social Research Institute (SSRI), May 2008

Contemporary debates concerning assimilation and continuity in the Jewish community tend to focus on the religious identity of the couple that "stands under the chuppah" to the exclusion of all other factors. Our analysis of multiple sources of data suggest, however, that Jewish socialization in the form of Jewish education, experience of home ritual, and social networks plays a far more important role than having intermarried parents, in determining Jewish identity, behavior, and connections.

Topic: Intermarriage, Jewish Identity, Family, Identity

Funder: Union for Reform Judaism

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Saxe, Leonard. Phillips, Benjamin. Chertok, Fern. It's Not Just Who Stands Under the Chuppah: Intermarriage and Engagement. Maurice & Marilyn Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies (CMJS),Steinhardt Social Research Institute (SSRI). May 2008: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=3417


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