Category Archives: Boundaries and Conversion

Love Means Never Having to be Proactive

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October 1, 1999

Egon Mayer Taking some liberties with the romantic slogan of the sixties: love means never having to say you’re sorry, I propose that when it comes to the Jewish community’s relationship with persons of another faith who might be considering “joining” the Jewish people, the slogan ought to be: love means never having to proactivate. More »

The Case for Proactive Conversion

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October 1, 1999

Gary A. Tobin How proactive conversion might affect interfaith couples is the primary focus of Egon Mayer’s concerns. His questions are based on years of excellent research and analysis about interfaith couples and outreach. He fully understands the complexities and difficulties that occur with families when the issue of conversion is faced. He knows that More »

Let’s Not Undermine Religious Conversion

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October 1, 1999

Jack Wertheimer Rates of conversion to Judaism reached unprecedented levels in the 1970s and early 1980s in response to two factors: families exerted strong pressures on their intermarrying off-spring to create Jewish homes; and synagogues established educational programs to facilitate the conversion of non-Jews married to Jews. But then, when new initiatives toward greater “hospitality” More »

Secular Conversion

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October 1, 1999

Yossi Beilin It is simply unimaginable that in the 21st Century, a time in which most of world Jewry is not religious, we should continue to grant certain religious establishments the right to define “who is a Jew.” While it is true that significant differences between the streams of Judaism exist, it is also true More »