Intermarriage Between Jews and Non-jews in Canada Reported Rising

Intermarriage between Jews and non-Jews in Canada has been increasing substantially in recent years, a study by Louis Rosenberg, research director of the Canadian Jewish Congress, showed today.

The data showed that, whereas the intermarriage ratio among Canadian Jews was 3.8 percent in 1931, it had gone up to 16.5 percent in 1962, and rose still further to 18.5 percent in 1963. At the same time, Mr. Rosenberg said, the total number of Jewish marriages in the Dominion has been declining, going down by 6.6 percent in the period from 1941 to 1963. In the same period, he said, the rate of marriages among the general Canadian population increased.

From 1962 to 1963, he said, the intermarriage rate had gone up in the provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec; but increased in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario. In general, the data showed, the intermarriage rate went up in areas with fewer Jews, and declined in the areas with the larger Jewish populations.

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