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Still JewishA History of Women and Intermarriage in America$
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Keren R. McGinity

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814757307

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814757307.001.0001

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Intermarriage in an Age of Domesticity

Intermarriage in an Age of Domesticity

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Still Jewish

Keren R. McGinity

NYU Press

This chapter examines the lives of lesser-known women who intermarried between 1930 and 1960. It argues that all Jewish women who intermarried did not reject their heritage, cease identifying as Jews, or completely disappear from Jewish life. Although antisemitism encouraged assimilation for some women who had thin connections to Judaism, their histories show the various ways that their Jewishness coexisted with their intermarriages. Moreover, whether or not women chose to assume new religious identities and “melt” into the mainstream, they could not escape the Jewish label. It is also argued that, although intermarriage became more commonplace among Christians and in the public eye, Jewish parents tenaciously objected to their daughters leaving the Jewish fold. By looking at the intersection of intermarriage and gender across time, Jewish women's experiences and self-defined identities will uncover the personal meaning of intermarriage.

Keywords:   Jewish women, Jews, intermarriage, antisemitism, assimilation, Judaism, gender, interfaith marriage

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