In the Mix: On the Radio This Weekend

As we’ve mentioned before in other blog entries (here and here, for instance) Julie Wiener writes a compelling if controversial column for Jewish Week called “In the Mix,” in which she deals with the topic of interfaith marriages. Her pieces generate a wide range of opinions; no matter which side of the intermarriage debate one falls on, Wiener’s articles touch on pertinent points and lead to some stimulating discussions.

The progressive Jewish radio show “Beyond The Pale,” has taken notice of the In the Mix series and will be interviewing Julie Wiener this Sunday, March 11, at 12 noon. Beyond the Pale airs every week at this time on WBAI 99.5 FM, bringing a liberal Jewish perspective to dialogues about religion, culture, and politics. If you miss the first airing, the show will be available on the station’s archive page for 90 days after the initial broadcast. The show’s hosts, Esther Kaplan and Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark, will start a conversation about readers reactions to In the Mix before delving into the topic of intermarriage in general.

In a 2006 column for Jewish Week entitled “Coming Out As Intermarried,” Julie Wiener asserted, “In many ways the situation of intermarrieds in the organized Jewish community is similar to that of gays and lesbians in society at large.” Recently, though, this issue is beginning to see the light of day, and a frank and open discussion on a radio show can only help to further facilitate progress toward a more inclusive Jewish community.

1 Comment

  1. Hi;

    As a Conservative Jewish adult, I’d like ot weigh in on this issue.There are two ways of looking at it.

    One School of thought says.. NEVER marry outside of the religion, because, invariably (statistics do bear this out) the children wil not have the same experience growingup in a “mixed” home, as they would if both partners are Jewish.

    Second School of thought: With the divorce rate so high, do you want to marry someone you think you love, just because they are Jewish?

    If your attracted to someone, and that attraction leads to love, and it happens that they aren’t Jewish, the nwhat?
    Do you deny your heats desire because of religious difference?

    I don’t have the answer to this dilema, in part because there is no majic wand. There is no right or wrong when it comes to ones emotional being.

    I would say this however. It is a statistical fact that there is an ever growing gulf between what used to be considerd Conservative Jews & the Orthodox Community.

    If you looked at the membership roster of almost any large urban Consevative Jewish Congregation, you’d probably find that over 35% of the members live in a home where one partner isn’t Jewish.

    hat is a sobering statistic, when you consider the following.

    In the Jewish religion, there are several “minor” holidays…
    there are also four days on the calendar which call for fasts between Sunrise & Sunset.

    Go to any Orthodox Shul, and you’ll know about them, because the Holiday & symbolism will be discussed.
    Go t oa Conservative shul, and those Holidays may get some recognition, if at all.

    Go any weekday morning to an Orthodox Shul, and you’ll probably see a Minion of men Dovening. Go to a Conservative Shul (on Monday & Thursday-when the Torah is supposed to be read) & you may see a group men Dovening, or looking for enough men to make a Minion. Other days, and the Daily Chapel leis vacant.

    Its all about perpetuating the Faith.

    Again, I am not passing judgement.

    Those who argue against the Orthodox movement state the following…and they are corect..
    Women are not treated equally with respect to the religious aspect of the religion.
    They are not supposed to hold the Torah, they cannot be given an Aliyah (called before the Torah to make a blessing) etc.

    If my comments give anyone anything t othink about, they will have served theri purpose.

    Comment by Robert — March 12, 2007 @ 7:46 am

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