As the new managing editor at InterfaithFamily, I want our blog to be a place where our readers can find out about the â€śinterfaith conversationâ€ť thatâ€™s happening when it happens in the Jewish and secular media. Yesterday, 21-year-old Rachel Cohen wrote an informed piece on The Daily Beast, â€śWhy Jews Should Stop Worrying About Intermarriage,â€ť challenging Jewish communal leaders to essentially, be less offensive. She speaks to the inclusion we at IFF are working toward much more succinctly than I could, and she speaks directly for her generation:
â€śWe want to live in a society where people can and should marry whomever they love. Consequently, we want those partnerships to be welcomed with open arms by our government, and by our communities.â€ť
Cohen is getting clear messages from the Jewish community. But theyâ€™re not the ones she wants to hear: We support you, as long as you marry another Jew.
Interfaith marriage is not the problem, as Cohen sees it. Alienating Americaâ€™s Jewish youth from Jewish communal life is.
Read her whole essay here.