“In the next generation, a significant part – which may even be the majority of ‘US Jewry’ – will not be Jewish according to the halacha, in light of the growing dimensions of intermarriage throughout the past few decades.”
The person responsible for this statement was not surprised by Chelsea Clinton’s marriage to the Jewish Marc Mezvinsky, or by the blooming relationship between Yair Netanyahu and the Norwegian Sandra Leikanger. Dr. Adam Ferziger – an expert in the study of modern Jewish denominations, and a senior lecturer at Bar-Ilan University’s Department of Jewish History – led an international research group which convened in Oxford in early 2013 to study Jewish theology in the 20th century.
According to Dr. Ferziger, plenty of books published in the United States in recent years explain why young non-Jewish girls should “get hold of a Jewish groom,” as Jewish men are considered in the American public to be intelligent and gentle, non-violent and not alcoholics, make a good living for their family and find a way into the industry and liberal professions.
“There isn’t one reason for assimilation,” Dr. Ferziger stresses, “but one of the main reasons is that the Jews succeeded in the great project – integrating into the US. They have integrated so well, that most Americans don’t see being a Jew as a negative thing, but actually consider it an advantage.” Read more here.