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Jewish Community in Ottawa to Study Assimilation and Intermarriage

Preliminary steps have been taken here by the Jewish community’s Commission on Assimilation and Intermarriage to develop a study in depth on these vital issues, it was announced today by the chairman of the 45-member body, Dr. Abraham Hurtig.

Thus far, he said, it has been decided to study carefully and to identify every one of the underlying causes, including social, cultural, economic, religious, educational and psychological factors. Subcommittees have been named for assurance that every vital area will be studied. Dr. Hurtig and Mervin Mirsky, chairman of the Ottawa Vaad Ha’ir, will be ex-officio members of the subcommittees, as well as the rabbis and the senior executive members of the Vaad Ha’ir staff.

Among suggestions being considered by the commission, Dr. Hurtig said, are the appointment of a social scientist and a psychologist to work with the commission. He said also that a bibliography of relevant literature for reading by members of the commission will be sent to the members of the body soon.

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