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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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Revitalization from Within

Revitalization from Within

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Still Jewish

Keren R. McGinity

NYU Press

This chapter, which covers the years from 1980 through 2004, delves into the personal narratives of fifteen of the forty-three women interviewed to discuss three central themes: Jewish women's marriages to men without religious faith; the intensified identification and observance the women experienced as a result of their intermarriages and motherhood; and the ironic triple marginality they faced as intermarried Jewish women living in an American society where the dominant identity was Christian male, and in an organized Jewish community where “intermarriage” remained a dirty word. It argues that some Jewish women's intermarriage experiences brought them closer to their religious heritage, rendered a new meaning of intermarriage in America, and transformed what it meant to be a “Jewish wife.”

Keywords:   Jewish women, Jews, intermarriage, motherhood, Christian males, religious heritage, Jewish wife, interfaith marriage

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