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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-12-19

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number" that underscores how far the
organization still has to go.
"That presents for us a very, very seri-
ous challenge," he said. "How do we
begin to work with those with only one
Jewish parent in a more intensive man-
ner?"
To observers of intermarriage, the
answer is to approach all college-age
Jewish students with a single strategy.
"The more we can create environ-
ments where they can forge connections
to the Jewish calendar, to Jewish intel-
lectual tradition, to Jewish behaviors, to
the Jewish community and to Jewish
friendship groups, that will help kids
with two Jewish parents and one Jewish
parent draw closer to Judaism," Barack
Fishman said.
Others said the survey of college-age
Jews offers more than just cause for con-
cern.
Steven M. Cohen, a Hebrew
University sociologist and senior con-
sultant to the NJPS, said he was sur-
prised not only by how many students
have only one Jewish parent, but also by
how many call themselves Jewish.
"There's a mixed message there: more
intermarriage, but possibly more Jewish
identification," he said.
Based on the answers of 216 college-
age Jews among 4,550 total NJPS
respondents, the survey's authors esti-
mated that there are 270,954 under-
graduate Jews between the ages of 18-
29; 88,620 graduate students; and
454,135 in that age group who are not
in college.
Other major findings include:
• Forty-four percent of those with two
Jewish parents said having a Jewish
spouse in the future is "very important;"

29 percent called it "somewhat impor-
tant;" 9 percent said it's "not very
important;" and 18 percent said it is
not important at all."
• Of those with one Jewish parent, 59
percent said marrying a Jew is "not
important at all;" 26 percent said it is
"somewhat important;" 14 percent said
it's "not very important," and 2 percent
called it "very important."
• Twenty-seven percent of those with
two Jewish parents said they are Reform,
26 percent Conservative, 22 percent
"just Jewish," 16 percent Orthodox; 4
percent secular, and 5 percent `other."
• Forty-six percent of single-Jewish-
parent homes said they were Reform, 28
percent "just Jewish," 19 percent secular,
4 percent Conservative, 1 percent
Orthodox and 1 percent "other."
The study "underscores what we've
been saying all along," said Paul Golin,
spokesman for the Jewish Outreach
Institute, which urges efforts to promote
Jewish ties among less active Jews.
In a 2002 report called "The Coming
Majority," the Jewish Outreach Institute
predicted that current intermarriage rates
mean there are more intermarried house-
holds than households with only Jews.
According to NJPS figures, there are
at least four interfaith households for
every three all Jewish households, Golin
said.
Many college students have not yet
fully formed their identities, however,
and even those with tenuous Jewish ties .
would benefit from Jewish programs, he
said.
NJPS also showed more college-age
Jews participating in Hillel than ever: Of
those currently aged 18-29, 28 percent
took part in Hillel activities. ❑

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Max Sosin, known as "Detroit s toast-
master general," will be the toastmaster
at the Israel Bond Chanukah Victory
Festival at the Latin Quarter in Detroit.
Eugene Kraft is elected president of
the Furniture Club of Detroit.

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George W. Stark, president of the
Detroit Historical Society, is named gen-
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Michigan by the National Conference
of. Christians and Jews.
Montefiore Lodge, Free Sons of Israel,
elects Horace Haber as president.

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Congregation Mt. Sinai Temple in Port
Huron receives an honor for patriotic
services from the War Department for
giving Rabbi Eskin to the chaplaincy.
Congregation B'nai Zion of Detroit
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service.

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the Rabbi Leo M. Franklin Archives of
Temple Beth El

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