A bride and groom kiss under the chuppah at their wedding.
(photo credit: NIR ELIAS / REUTERS)
WHILE AMERICAN Jews agonized recently about the physical threat to their safety posed by the bomb threats, toppled tombstones and buildings defaced with swastikas, they displayed a disquieting complacency about a further deterioration on the intermarriage front that jeopardizes the very sustainability of American Jewry.In early March, American Conservative Jewry’s lay arm, the United Synagogue, overwhelmingly passed a decision to accept non-Jewish members to the congregation (even if at this stage, they will not be called up to the Torah). This retreat was triumphantly marketed as big tent Judaism, diversity, and inclusiveness, thus tarring the opponents of the decision with exclusiveness and pup tent Judaism.
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