Double or Nothing by Sylvia Barack Fishman
Jewish Families and Mixed Marriage (Brandeis in American Jewish History, Culture and Life & Brandeis on Jewish Women)

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A lively and accessible look at Jewish intermarriage and its familial and cultural effects.

About Sylvia Barack Fishman

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SYLVIA BARACK FISHMAN directs the program in Contemporary Jewish Life in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department at Brandeis University, where she is a Professor. She is co-director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. Her most recent book, Jewish Life and American Culture (2000) explored the way American Jews negotiate the Jewish and secular pieces of their lives. Her earlier books include A Breath of Life: Feminism in the American Jewish Community (1993), named a 1994 Honor Book by the National Jewish Book Council; Follow My Footprints: Changing Images of Women in American Jewish Fiction (1992); and Changing Minds: Feminism in Contemporary Orthodox Jewish Life (2000).
Published October 26, 2004 by Brandeis University Press. 220 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Recent population surveys have fixed the rate of mixed marriages in the Jewish community at about 50 percent, but they rarely prod the surface of that statistic.

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Nevertheless, only qualitative research, like that of Sylvia Barack Fishman in Double or Nothing: Jewish Families and Mixed Marriage, can delve more deeply into the dynamics of relationships preceding the mixed marriage and the consequential interactions of the spouses and their children after it.

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