Convincing Millennials to ‘Marry a good Jewish Boy’

Convincing Millennials to ‘Marry a good Jewish Boy’

Confronted by an unprecedentedly secular crop of teenagers, Jewish leaders are pressing intra-religious marriage harder than ever before. A common approach? Youth groups.

Emma Green November 7, 2013

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An acquaintance provided some of us a trip following the yearly post-Yom Kippur feast. Filled with bagels, lox, kugel, and each variety of lb cake imaginable, the four of us chatted cheerfully about life in D.C., past trips to Israel, and shame over skipping spiritual solutions previously that day.

Then the conversation turned to relationship.

“Would you ever marry a non-Jew? ” Sharon asked through the backseat. Responses diverse; one individual stated she wasn’t yes, while another stated she might think about marrying somebody who had been prepared to transform. Debates about intermarriage, or marriage outside the faith, are normal into the community that is jewish but her concern nevertheless struck me as remarkable.