Menu JTA Search

Sylvia Barack Fishman RSS


  • Michael Chabon’s views on intermarriage are increasingly mainstream. They are also morally abhorrent.

    Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion, too — John Lennon (JTA) — On May 14, Michael Chabon gave the most remarkable commencement speech in the recent history of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the Reform movement’s highly respected flagship seminary and training…

  • Fewer marriages and fewer children means fewer Jews doing Jewish

    (JTA) — On Jan. 16, 1949, Toby Fassman married Max Cohen (Steven M. Cohen’s parents, now both of blessed memory). At 24, Toby was among the last of her circle of friends in Brooklyn to marry, and several jokingly remarked that Max had rescued her from lifelong singlehood. Today, if a 24-year-old Jewish woman were…

  • Op-Ed: Risk aversion is risky business

    The willingness to open a conversation about the sweeping postponement of marriage and childbearing by young American Jews is a risk worth taking, writes Brandeis professor and author Sylvia Barack Fishman.