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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-08-06

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, August 6, 1982

Denver Study Shows Mixed Marriages Soar

By BEN GALLOB

(Copyright 1q82, JTA, Inc.)

I

A comprehensive study of
the Jewish community of
Denver indicates that for
married people under age
30, mixed marriages out-
number in-marriages by
more than two to one — 66
percent of marriages in this
age category are marriages
involving a Jew and a non-
Jew. The mixed marriage
rate for those over 50 is 12.7
percent.
Ti-, e study was sponsored
131 Allied Jewish Feder-
atiui;: of Denver, which also
reported that the number of
Denver Jews has grown
"tremendously" and that
"half of all Denver Jewish
households were not here 10
years ago."

The report described the
sharp increase in mixed
marriages as reflective of
such a development in all
American Jewish com-
munities.
A similar attraction be-
tween Jews and non-
Jews was indicated in
survey data on couples
living together without
marriage. The study
found that nine out of 10
Jews — 89.5 percent — in
such a relationship lived
with a non-Jewish part-
ner. Under age 30, the
study showed that 97
percent of all such
couples involving a
Jewish partner involved
a Jew living with a non-
Jew. .
The 1982 Denver Jewish

but there is a higher propor-
tion ofyoung adults, ages 18 t.
to 34. There are almost
15,000 in this age group, ac-
cording to the study.
Household configura-
tion -patterns, as indi-
cated by the study, find
that only 28 percent
(5,936) of Denver Jewish
households include chil-
dren under 18 living at
home.
Though single-parent
families constitute four per-
cent (741) of Jewish house-
holds, they make up 14 per-
cent of families with chil-
dren. Households headed by
a single person — divorced,
widowed or never married
— account for more than
one out of three Denver
Jewish households.

population study is provid-
ing Jewish community
planners with information
on age structure, geo-
graphic density and move-
ment patterns, other
household patterns, income,
education and employment,
according to Eleanore Judd,
demographic study consul-
tant for the federation.
The study showed there
are about 42,600 persons in
19,000 households in the
Jewish community, figures
which include all born Jews
plus all non-Jewish spouses
and partners living in
Jewish households.

The age structure of De-
nver's Jewish population
closely resembles that of
American Jews generally

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NJRC Study Finds Holocaust
Education Has Positive Effect

By BEN GALLOB

Youth and the Holocaust: A
Study for Four Major Cur-
ricula," was made under
NJRC auspices, by Sister
Mary Glynn, Dr. Geoffrey
Bock and Dr. Karen Cohen,
to determine just how valid
such concerns were.
The study showed that
the Holocaust curricula
have had a morally posit-
ive effect on the students
in junior and senior high
schools in Brookline,
Mass.; Great Neck, N.Y.;
New York City and
Philadelphia.
The curricula in those
communities were de-
scribed as "probably the
four most influential
Holocaust curricula" in use
in this country, partly be-

cause those school systems
were among the first in the
United States to develop
such curricula and had
well-developed study pro-
grams in progress when the
research for the study was
done from June 1979
through June 1981.
Sister Glynn was director
of the project and assistant
director of Zachor, the
Holocaust Research Center
of the NJRC, during the
study, according to the
NJRC spokesman. Drs.
Bock and Cohen, of the
Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, were the prin-
cipal investigators for the
study.
They reported finding
that study of the Holocaust
increased student under-
standing not only of the
specifics of the Holocaust
bu,t also of such American
mores as respect for minor-
ity rights and a personal
sense of responsibility for
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NEW YORK — (JTA) —
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Holocaust in public school
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negative or even anti-'
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students have been dispel-
led by a two-year study of
such curricula in four
American public school sys-
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of the Holocaust and the is-
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