Celebrating as an Interfaith Family

September 15, 2004

Source: Cox News Service


On September 15, 2004 Cox News Service reported, "of Jews who are married, 31 percent are married to someone outside their faith, according to the 2001-02 National Jewish Population Survey. The current rate of intermarriage is 47 percent — up from 28 percent in 1979. About a third of interfaith families with one Jewish parent are raising their children as Jews, says Ed Case, publisher of the 3-year-old Web site Interfaithfamily.com, which was founded to provide community for interfaith families and, as its motto states, encourage Jewish choices. That can be harder than it sounds, Case says. Jewish leaders sometimes focus on the number of interfaith families not raising their kids Jewish (67 percent) and, as a result, write off the whole interfaith community. That's a mistake, Case says."