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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 Was A-Changin’

Intermarriage Was A-Changin’

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(p.109) 3 Intermarriage Was A-Changin’
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Still Jewish
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Keren R. McGinity

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814757307.003.0004

This chapter illustrates how the liberalism, ecumenism, and feminism of the 1960s and 1970s simultaneously created more room for Jewish women to intermarry and, for an increasing number of women, to proactively define themselves as Jews. It argues that argue that although Jewish women may have married out with greater frequency, their resolve to retain their religious and ethnic heritage often grew stronger rather than weaker. Indeed, intermarriage actually accentuated some women's sense of being Jewish, despite predictions to the contrary. Moreover, women who continued to identify as Jews often insisted that their children were also Jewish, regardless of their having non-Jewish fathers.

Keywords:   Jewish women, Jews, intermarriage, liberalism, ecumenism, feminism, interfaith marriage

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