The Conversion Illusion

By Steven M. Cohen

Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS) Press, 1997

The author asserts that conversion is less than a complete solution to the intermarriage problem. Basing his conclusions on a larger study of Conservative synagogues and their members, he demonstrates that while Conservative converts show strong attachment to God, prayer, Shabbat, synagogue skills, holidays and other aspects of religious Judaism, converts often have weaker connection to the ethnic and group survival dimensions of Judaism than do born Jews. He advocates awareness of this problem among rabbis and other congregational leaders, and the creation or adaptation of programs to address it.

Topic: Continuity, Intermarriage, Masorti Judaism, Conversion, Conservative Judaism, Jewish Continuity

Name of Publication: Jewish Identity and Religious Commitment: The North American Study of Conservative Synagogues and Their Members, 1995-6

Page Number(s): 29-35

Funder: The Mandell L. Berman and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation , The Pew Charitable Trusts

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Genre: Report

Coverage: North America

Language: English

Copyright Information: Download for personal use, freely distribute link

Bibliographic Information:
Cohen, Steven M. The Conversion Illusion. Jewish Identity and Religious Commitment: The North American Study of Conservative Synagogues and Their Members, 1995-6. Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS) Press. 1997: 29-35. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=3554


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