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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-09-09

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approach to the intermarried
mirrored the debate within the
larger Jewish community.
Roy Clements, a member of
the task force and a vice presi-
dent of the United Synagogue of
Conservative Judaism, called the
philosophy of embracing the in-
termarried without emphasizing
conversion to Judaism "a dan-
gerous approach."
While he agreed to support the
consensus of the task force, he
said in an interview that CJF's
advocacy for broad inclusion of
the intermarried in Jewish com-
munal life "appears to say that
the general community condones
the situation and that this is the
best way to handle it.
"It is 'difficult to forecast
whether it will better or worsen
the situation," he said.
Egon Mayer, another task
force member and director of the
Jewish Outreach Institute, said
that the fact that CJF is ad-
dressing the issue is significant.
"It takes the issue out of the
background and brings it to the
foreground, puts the imprimatur
of a major Jewish organization
on it," he said.
"It also puts the appropriate
community control over how the
issue is dealt with by the main-
stream of the American Jewish

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community," Mr. Mayer added.
The report reprints the demo-
graphic statistics about inter-
marriage from the CJF 1990
National Jewish Population
The study showed that, at the
time, 52 percent of all Jews were
marrying outside the faith. The
figures prompted alarm through-
out the Jewish community.
It also lists some of the pro-
grams offered to the intermarried
by a handful of federations and
other agencies, like synagogue
movements and Jewish commu-
nity centers.
The San Diego Jewish Feder-
ation, for example, held focus
groups with intermarried couples
to ascertain their needs and, as
a result, began a program called
"Pathways to Judaism" conduct-
ed in a local synagogue on Sun-
day afternoons.
The 30-session course is de-
signed for children ages 5 to 18,
to teach them more about their
Jewish heritage. Parallel tracks
involve parents, grandparents
and couples without children.
Funding is provided by the fed-
eration and a private foundation.
The report was presented to
CJF's Executive Committee at
the organization's quarterly
meetings in New York this week.

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