Convincing Millennials to ‘Marry a good Jewish Boy’
Met with an unprecedentedly secular crop of young adults, Jewish leaders are pressing intra-religious wedding harder than ever before. Their most favorite approach? Youth groups.
Emma Green 7, 2013 november
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An acquaintance provided a number of us a trip following the post-Yom that is annual feast. Filled with bagels, lox, kugel, and each sort of lb dessert imaginable, the four of us chatted joyfully about life in D.C., past trips to Israel, and shame over skipping religious solutions earlier that day.
After which the conversation turned to dating.
“Would you ever marry a non-Jew? ” Sharon asked through the backseat. Responses diverse; one individual stated she wasn’t certain, while another stated she might start thinking about someone that is marrying had been ready to convert. Debates about intermarriage, or marriage outside the faith, are typical into the Jewish community, but her concern nevertheless hit me personally as remarkable. Right Here had been four twentysomething ladies who barely knew one another, currently dealing with the eventuality of marriage and evidently radical possibility that we might ever commit our life to someone unlike us. This discussion seemed extremely “un-Millennial”–as a complete, our generation is marrying later on, getting more secular, and adopting various countries more than some of our predecessors. In the event that exact same question had been asked about any kind of facet of our provided identities–being white, being educated, originating from center or upper-middle class backgrounds—it will have felt impolite, or even offensive.
Although a lot of religious people desire to marry some body of the identical faith, the problem is specially complicated for Jews: for several, faith is tied up tightly to ethnicity as a question of spiritual teaching. (más…)