Court: Jewish Couple Had Rights to Disinherit Grandchildren Who Married Out of Faith


jewish-intermarraigeThe Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that a Jewish husband and wife were within their rights to disinherit any grandchildren who married outside the faith. Chicago dentist Max Feinberg and his wife Erla had set up their estate to disinherit any grandchildren who married someone who wasn’t Jewish.

Four of their five grandchildren wound up marrying gentiles and were not allowed to inherit. Some challenged that in court, arguing that wills should not be allowed to interfere with people’s marriage choices based on religion.

The state Supreme Court rejected the challenge.

But its ruling was based partly on technicalities in the way this estate was arranged. That means other wills with similar restrictions might not be valid.

{Chicago Tribune/ Newscenter}


  1. This is an ilui neshama for the deceased couple. Do hope that the remaining grandchildren realize the importance of their Judaism.