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Canadian Rabbis Urge Study on Intermarriage in Small Communities

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An appeal to the Canadian Jewish Congress to undertake a study on the causes and consequences of intermarriage among Jews living in small communities was made here today by 27 rabbis from all parts of the Province of Ontario, outside Toronto.

Mixed marriages, Jewish education, “easy” conversions of partners in mixed marriages, observance of kashruth and ways to bridge the gap existing in some small communities between the rabbi and the other Jews in his town were among the topics discussed by the spiritual leaders at an all-day conference here.

Other topics included adult education, the breakdown of parental authority in the Jewish homes, and interfaith dating on the part of Jewish youth. In addition to requesting the CJC to launch a study on intermarriage, the conference also recommended the drafting of a code of ethics for Jewish community leadership.

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