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One of the small but important ways IFF advocates for making the Jewish community more welcoming is by writing letters to the editor of papers that run stories on intermarriage. Sometimes we are able to congratulate newspapers and writers for shedding light on important issues and talking about them in a fair, sensitive manner. Other times we’re forced to set the record straight.
We also just wrote a letter to the Boston Jewish Advocate regarding its article on the Lappin Foundation and its funding of trips to Israel for Jewish educators and teens. The Lappin Foundation, founded by Robert Lappin, funds several wonderful programs for interfaith families, mostly in Boston’s northern suburbs. But when discussing the reasons for offering these programs, Lappin and his spokespeople consistently denigrate intermarriage, which we think is counter-productive. The article says:
In response, we sent this letter to the editor of the Jewish Advocate:
In other news, a new Statistics Canada report came out on Tuesday that showed intermarriage in the general Canadian population is on the rise. The report says 19 percent of all partners in 2001 were intermarried with someone of another religion, compared to 15 percent in 1981. That’s a tad lower than the overall American rate–22 percent–and significantly lower than the Jewish intermarriage rate–31 percent or 27 percent, depending on your source.
The Vancouver Sun did a piece on the report that prominently features a Jewish/non-Jewish intermarried couple who are raising their children as Jews. We were quoted in the online version of the article.
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