In the recent issue of Contact—the influential journal of Mega-Philanthropist Michael Steinhardt’s Jewish Life Network Foundation—JOI’s executive director Rabbi Kerry Olitzky writes an article arguing for the community to stop using marriage as a measure of “success” or “failure” in Jewish identity formation, and instead focus on the raising of Jewish children by all Jewish households, whether in- or intermarried. You can read the piece on-line as a PDF document; it starts on page 9. In it, Rabbi Olitzky says, “Our emphasis should be on what it takes to create a Jewish household and raise Jewish children, or on what it takes to live a Jewish life, irrespective of the choices we have made with regard to a partner. After all, interfaith marriage is not the end of Jewish continuity. Not raising Jewish children is the end of Jewish continuity.”
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