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January 30, 1987 - Image 84

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-01-30

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SINGLE

Doubling Of Jewish
Conversions Predicted

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Friday, January 30, 1987

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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New York (JTA) — Experts
indicate that the number of
converts to Judaism in the
United States will double to
300,000 by the year 2000, a
New York educator notes in a
recent issue of the Reconstruc-
tionist. The writer, Lawrence
Epstein, says the conversions
have helped "trigger religious
confrontations within (Ameri-
can) Jewry that some predict
could result in a permanent
split between Orthodox and
non-Orthodox Jews."
He asserts that "several fac-
tors in the social climate of the
United States have combined
to create an atmosphere con-
genial to the revival of a
Jewish movement to seek con-
verts," the first being "the
widely noted legitimation of
ethnicity as an acceptable or-
ganizing principle for defend-
ing identity."
Second, he notes that fun-
damentalist Christians "have
made the act of proselytizing
well known as a way to win
over reluctant JewS. Jewish
reaction may in some sense be
seen as adopting the tactics of
what many (Jews) view as a
religious threat to Jews."
Most important, Epstein as-
serts, is that "many Jews favor
conversion as a form of demog-
raphic self-defense. Most
American Jews believe that
American Jewry is committing
a slow communal suicide."
American Jews fear for their
future, he declares, "because of
a combination of negative
population growth, a birth rate
below replacement level; in-
termarriage, frequently cited
at 50 percent; a population that
is older than the average —
approximately 40 percent of
American Jews are over 45, as
compared to 30 percent of the
whole U.S. population; and, as
Jews move to the South and
West, a population that is less
concentrated and thus with
diminished religious cohesion
and political power."
Epstein writes that it was
clear that Jews would continue
to encourage conversion of
non-Jews "for significant reli-
gious reasons alone, indepen-
dent of the fluctuating reli-
gious rates of Jewish births
and intermarriage."
Discussing the negative im-
pact of conversion on born
Jews, Epstein notes "conver-
sion has been the focus — both
in the United States and Israel
— of a battle for religious
legitimacy within Judaism."
He added that some Orthodox
leaders are warning that
"within a few decades, many
people who think of themselves
as Jews will not be considered
Jews by the Orthodox."
Despite such warnings, Eps-
tein says, "the numerically
major movements of American
Jewry seem determined to pro-
gress with their intention to
seek converts." He suggests
that one reason why "the con-
versionist movement has been
so well received by American
Jews" is that "the fundamental

character" of American Jewry
is voluntary.
"In a sense, all American
Jews are Jews by choice," the
term most converts prefer to
describe their conversion, he
writes. "That is, people who are
born Jews must choose to re-
main Jews. There are no legal
forces that seek, reward and
support such a voluntary
choice to remain a Jew — and
religious, familial and cultural
forces have become much less
powerful."
"Gentiles who choose to be-
come Jews validate the choice
of those born Jewish to remain
Jews," he asserts.

Mature Singles
Set Dinner-Dance

The Singles Extension
Group (50 and over) will have a
"Think Spring" dinner-dance
at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at Temple Is-
- rael.
The evening will include
entertainment, music for danc-
ing, dinner and dessert.
Only persons who have made
reservations by Feb. 12 will be
admitted to the party. There is
a fee, and non-members are in-
vited.
For information, call Sabra
Shekter, 353-6247; Sylvia
Winton, 642-8321; or Florence
Wuethrich, 682-6133.

Singles 2 Plans
To Meet at Center

Singles 2 (40-55) will have a
meeting at 8 p.m. Feb. 12 at the
main Jewish Community Cen-
ter.
Larry Bissinger, past
president of Toastmasters, will
give a talk on "Communication
Skills — How To Present Your
Positive Image."
There is an admission fee.
Refreshments will be served.
For information, call Babs
Sepe or Jill Cole, 661-1000, ext.
347.

Comedy Castle
Hosts Singles

B'nai B'rith Franklin Sing-
les (30-45) will have dinner
and see-comedian Tim Allen at
6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Com-
edy Castle and Cafe, Berkley.
For reservations, call the
Comedy Castle, 542-9900.
There is a fee. For information
about the singles group, call
Heidi Coffman, 399-9196; or
Gary Tencer, 581-6161 (days).

Reservations Due

Feb. 9 is the deadline for
reservations for the Winter
Wonderland Weekend for sing-
les slated Feb. 20-22 at Camp
Maas.
Fee includes meals and lodg-
ing. For information, call Jill
Cole, 661-1000, ext. 347.

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