The Trend to Intermarriage and the Implications for the Jewish Center Movement

By Charles Plotkin

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), National Conference of Jewish Communal Service, Winter 1964

While individual social workers might find occasion to support a Jewish client in his or her decision to marry a non-Jew, a Jewish center must oppose intermarriage; as an agency concerned with the survival of the Jewish people, there is no other alternative position. In order to ensure Jewish youth's rejection of intermarriage, Jewish centers must provide a significant, positive Jewish environment in which Jewish youth can accept the philosophy that Jewish survival is an essential value. Should this conclusion be missed by Jewish youth and if the current trend continues, intermarriage will ultimately lead to the extinction of Jewish life in America. Discussions with students and follow-ups with parents are therefore critical efforts of the Jewish community center.

Topic: Continuity, Intermarriage, Jewish Community Centers (JCCs), Young Adults, Jewish Continuity, Community Centers

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Sherman, Sanford N.

Volume/Issue: Vol. 41/No. 2

Page Number(s): 168-174

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Plotkin, Charles. The Trend to Intermarriage and the Implications for the Jewish Center Movement. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA),National Conference of Jewish Communal Service. Winter 1964: 168-174. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=4981


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