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The Jewish Museum in Brussels, Belgium

Jews who care about the continuation of the Jewish people have long watched with deep concern the rising rates of intermarriage. The percentage of Jewish children in America who are raised with a knowledge, understanding and love of their religion is tiny, and it grows dramatically smaller still when one of the parents is not, or does not become, Jewish.

Right now, the rate of intermarriage among American Jews is close to 60 percent, while the percentage is far higher if you remove the cohort of Orthodox Jews.

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What about Jewish intermarriage in Europe?

A new report coming from two Jewish European groups, the European Jewish Association (EJA) and the Rabbinical Center of Europe (RCE), reveals that in Europe, the intermarriage rate stands at 80 percent. Of the Europeans who consider themselves to be Jewish, 25 percent – 1.5 million – reported they are afraid to wear visibly Jewish symbols in public.

Just as is the case in the United States, the percentage of Jews who attend high holiday services is dramatically higher than the percentage who attend weekly services. But even though the percent of high holiday services is twice that of weekly service goers, only 30 percent of European Jews will even attend high holiday services.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. Sadly, I fear Jews are at the heart of this problem. It seams that Jews and Christians alike are happy to dessert their faith to "get along" in a secular world. This clears the path for Islamists to control the media and play their games with liberal minds. Being faithful is not "square" it is the path back to a sane and whole world.

  2. Has assimilation for 'safety' ever worked? Never. Other than in Israel, wherever we live (have lived), we are looked on as outsiders in varying degrees. The one thing that assimilationists always experience is bewilderment when the persecution of Jews includes them. For the past two thousand years our history has shown that wherever we live and no matter the degree of assimilation, we are looked on as 'others', to a greater or lesser degree. Laws to provide us with protections can be passed, but anti-Semitism cannot be legislated away.

    With the rise of islam throughout Europe, and the war with hamas fueling a pro-'palestinian' movement, the anti-Semitism that has lain dormant since the end of WWII is being openly stated, just under different names. I am 68, and have watched anti-Semitism raising its ugly head here in America (and of late in San Francisco, where I currently live) for decades. I have known for decades that the only real home I have is Israel, to which I intend to make aliyah the absolutely first minute it is possible.

  3. Lauren, you covered all the bases… not much left to say… except maybe you left out the Reform Jewish movement in the US on purpose. I was raised Reform. It was the worst thing that ever happened to me. I am now 87. George B. Shaw was right:" The trouble with youth is that it comes to early in life".

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