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Bruce Phillips: How Interfaith Marriage is Changing the American Jewish Community – But Not Necessarily in the Ways We Think/Fear (Virtual on Zoom)
January 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
For over half a century Jewish intermarriage was understood as the next step before assimilation. Using the new Pew 2020 survey, Bruce Phillips will argue that the current discourses about Jewish intermarriage are outdated. For example, asking why Jewish intermarry is backwards. When the dynamics of intermarriage for other groups is considered along with the place of Jews in American society, that Jews marry other Jews is the exceptional finding. Instead of assimilating, the children of intermarriage are maintaining a Jewish identification, and the American Jewish population is changing dramatically as a result.