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Most European Jewish leaders support liberalizing their approach to intermarriage and conversion, a new survey shows.
As the JTA reports, 85 percent of the 251 respondents to a pan-European survey of Jewish leaders felt it was “not a good idea to strongly oppose intermarriage and bar intermarried Jews and their spouses from communal membership.” Further:
But in a continent with tiny Jewish communities–none have more than half a million Jews, and Jews aren’t even 1 percent of the population in any European country–and high rates of intermarriage, a more welcoming approach isn’t simply desirable, it’s essential. There simply aren’t enough inmarried Jews or Jews with two Jewish parents to go around.
Update: Some Jewish leaders in Europe are calling the survey’s results into question, The Jerusalem Post reports. One such quote from that story:
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