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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.

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