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Spertus Ideas Forum | Intermarriage in the Jewish Community

Spertus Ideas Forum | Intermarriage in the Jewish Community

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


$25 | $20 for Spertus members | $10 Spertus students and alumni
$10 for employees of Jewish organizations

Includes cocktail reception, dinner, and program
Kosher dietary laws observed

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Beyond Welcoming: Responding to
Intermarriage in the Jewish Community

A conversation with social psychologist Dr. Leonard Saxe on strategies to catalyze Jewish engagement.

Cocktails at 6 pm | Dinner and Discussion Follow


Spertus Ideas Forum is a twice-yearly gathering—timed to coincide with Spertus Institute’s graduate seminars—in which we welcome a Jewish thinker for communal learning and conversation on issues at the forefront of Jewish life.


The majority of marriages by Jews today are to non-Jews. And more than half of Jewish millennials have a non-Jewish parent.

We know a lot of statistics about these families, including the rates of intermarriage and the Jewish identification among the children in these households, but we know little about how intermarried families decide whether or not to be involved in Jewish life.

Join us as Dr. Leonard Saxe shares the results of a new study of intermarried young couples. The study makes clear that even when both partners feel welcome in the Jewish community (which they generally do), they don’t engage in Jewish life to the same extent as in-married couples. The findings suggest a variety of strategies for us to discuss—strategies that go beyond welcoming to catalyze Jewish community engagement.

Leonard Saxe

Dr. Leonard Saxe is Director of the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies and the Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis University. As a social psychologist and researcher, he works on the application of social science to social policy issues. His focus is on religious and ethnic identity, most specifically on issues relevant to the Jewish community.

Saxe has been a Science Fellow for the U.S. Congress and a Fulbright Professor at Haifa University. He was awarded the American Psychological Association’s Prize for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest.

We are honored to have him teach the This American Jewish Life module of Spertus Institute’s MA in Jewish Professional Studies program—and to join us for this Spertus Ideas Forum.

This is the 2019 Alex and Klara Tulsky Presentation on the Jewish Future.

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