Article Archive

Patrilineal Jews

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  • On Patrilineal Descent: An Informed Reform Jew's Lament

    By Robert Lappin

    Opinion piece from a Reform congregant who is upset over new Reform guidelines that define a Jew not by lineage, but rather by life cycle events and Jewish communal participation.

    Date: 07-25-2006
  • Not Really Jewish?

    By Rachel Sarah

    Rachel Sarah was raised in a Jewish family with a non-Jewish mother, but when she was 16, a Hassidic rabbi told her she wasn’t Jewish. After shunning the Jewish community for many years, she is now raising her child Jewish… but worri

    Date: 08-01-2012
  • Ner Tamid Disaffiliated by Conservative Movement

    By Robin Friedman

    Reprinted news article about a New Jersey synagogue that was "disaffiliated" from the Conservative movement after an investigation showed that the synagogue failed to meet Conservative movement "standards" by accepting p

    Date: 11-27-2006
  • Blessing Mixed-Faith Couples in the United Kingdom

    By Rabbi Aaron Goldstein

    Professional view by a rabbi and Liberal Judaism outreach worker in the UK who explains his movement’s stance on interfaith marriage:  it is the only branch in the UK that sanctions interfaith marriages and accepts interfaith fam

    Date: 11-14-2006
  • Survey Shows Conservative Judaism's Numbers Dropping

    By Nacha Cattan

    Reprinted news article about possible causes and meanings of the Conservative movement’s dropping numbers and increasing level of observance.

    Date: 07-25-2006
  • Interfaith Infertility Issues

    By Ellen S. Glazer

    Professional view and news article about different facets of Jewish adoption:  the biblical precedents for intertility, the post-Holocaust Jewish need to repopulate,  and the patrilineal descent issue for gay Jewish couples.

    Date: 11-05-2006
  • A Patrilineal Jew Mourns a Great Rabbi

    By Susan Katz Miller

    Personal narrative from a Jew of patrilineal descent remembering her short but influential meeting with Rabbi Alexander Schindler, former President of the Reform Movement, in which Schindler made her feel loved, accepted, and respected†as a†Jew.

    Date: 07-20-2006
  • What Am I If Not Jewish?

    By Judith Van Praag

    Personal narrative from a Dutch-born child of intermarriage who feels 100% Jewish, and gets upset when people tell her she’s not because her mother wasn’t Jewish.

    Date: 08-15-2007
  • Under the Rainbow: God Meets Intermarriage

    By Rabbi Arthur Waskow

    Professional view by Rabbi Arthur Waskow, who explains his approach to interfaith marriage--create "an entirely new wedding ceremony for marriages between a Jew and a member of another spiritual community"--and describes and explains the ce

    Date: 08-14-2007
  • Reform Leader's Swipe Sparks Angry Rebuttals from Conservatives

    By Joe Berkofsky

    Reprinted news article about a contentious essay written by Rabbi Paul Menitoff predicting the disappearance of the Conservative movement in a matter of decades because of the polarization of American Jewry, and the movement’s "opposition to in

    Date: 11-27-2006

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