• Zohar Rotem

    The Fifth Child did not disappear s/he is here and everywhere in modern North American Judaism.


    Research conducted by Big Tent Judaism/Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI) shows that adult children of intermarriage are often highly interested in Jewish engagement, but face barriers to acting on this interest in the context of Jewish institutions.


    Zohar Rotem, Manager of Research and Evaluation
    Big Tent Judaism/Jewish Outreach Institute

  • Jonathan Slater

    Rabbi Korobkin’s generalization about historical evidence for the attenuation of Jewish lineage as a result of intermarriage is fallacious. Historically, Jewish continuance has been far more threatened by forced dispersion of and overt acts of violence against Jewish communities. In the modern era, especially post-emancipation, the increased prevalence of pluralistic, open societies has abetted the free mingling of Jews within the community-at-large. This phenomenon is also true of many other demographic groups and is not limited to Jews alone. The challenge in such an environment then becomes, as Rabbi Grushcow implies, one of seeking ways to open paths to participation by the families of intermarried couples, rather than placing obstacles in their way merely because of specious ideological arguments.

  • Alekxandra

    Great discussion! I too believe that intermarriage does not harm Jewish families intrinsically, but rather the extent to which the Jewish side of the family embraces their own Judaism. The act of conversion or inter-marriage is a brief moment in the life of a family. It is the continual study of Judaism and honouring its traditions which build up a Jewish family. I see this as a problem in the Jewish community at large. Regardless of intermarriage or not, less and less Jewish families seem to identify with being Jewish as a religion and more as a racial ethnicity or a political ideology. For Judaism itself to perpetuate from generation to generation, the traditions and teachings need to also be passed along in a meaningful way, day by day and week by week.