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A few months ago, Gary Rosenblatt of the New York Jewish Week took the courageous decision to publish a monthly first-person column by reporter Julie Wiener about her own experiences in an intermarriage (that we’ve blogged about here, here, and here). In almost any other Jewish media market in the country, this decision would be better described as “logical” not “courageous,” but as with so many other things, New York City is different.

The tri-state area is home to the largest Orthodox community outside of Israel (perhaps even larger than Israel’s) and there are still many more in-married than intermarried homes in New York—unlike in the rest of the country. In his column this week, Rosenblatt explains, “Just about every time ‘In the Mix,’ Julie’s column, appears, a few subscribers cancel.” He describes how he made his decision:

We understood that some people would interpret publishing such a column as condoning or even endorsing intermarriage. But the way we see it, we simply are recognizing that intermarriage is here to stay — affecting the majority of Jewish families indirectly if not directly — and that our job is to report on the community as it is, not just as we would like it to be.

JOI encourages intermarried families to subscribe to their local Jewish newspapers. It is a low-barrier way to get a window into your Jewish community and on world Jewish events. And it is one more way to make your home feel ‘Jewish.’ If you live in the New York area and are intermarried, we’ve had a longstanding offer with the Jewish Week for a free two-month trial subscription (which you can sign up for here). We encourage you to try it out, not just because of Julie Wiener’s column, but because the journalistic integrity in publishing her column is also reflected throughout the rest of the newspaper.



1 Comment

  1. When you say “we simply are recognizing that intermarriage is here to stay”, don’t forget you speak about Mordern America in which Jews & Christians were at the origin.And regarding Jews, they can say “There are 3000 years we can say we are here to stay” (ven before Native Indians!..but on other lands, of course. New YOrk and easy-speaking universalism abandoning all strong figures of singularity can’t tell so much).
    On this point, traditionnal Jews will always have the advantage to say “we are here to stay and to go on to stay”.

    Moreover in Europe where we see a lot of inter-marriage, we see
    coming the limits of multiculturalism ( and please don’t say this racism or other easy no-relevant argue), more particularly with Muslim (unhapilly, no one can change there 1400 years of no-freedom just like you push a button to get the light, and several major values are very different in different populations).
    This is why I do agree to see people convert rather than seeing Jews arranging themselves with a so important heritage (but we all know a lot of Jews don’t have any willing to be Jew ; it’s just an accident, not an intellectual & religious choice regarding more and more of them. This is why we can’t blame non-Jews in anything, but only ourselves about the disappearing people we were.

    Comment by fry — September 5, 2007 @ 10:05 pm

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