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FDR’s Great-Grandson, The Rabbi

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A fascinating article in yesterday’s New York Times illustrates yet another example of how intermarried families are capable of raising strongly identifying Jews. In this case, the family in question is among the descendents of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and the strong Jewish identification has led a great-grandson, Joshua Boettinger, to the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Pennsylvania.

In discussing the divergent paths of FDR’s descendents, the article notes: “These life stories tell volumes about the flexibility of social class and ethnicity in the United States where even a Roosevelt can become a rabbi…” We think it also tells volumes about the Jewish potential inherent in intermarried households.

There was a much more in-depth article about Joshua Boettinger in the New York Jewish Week last month, which you can read here.



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