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Keren R. McGinity

Dr. Keren R. McGinity is the Interfaith Specialist at the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and a Research Associate at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University. Her books, Still Jewish: A History of Women & Intermarriage in America, a National Jewish Book Award Finalist, and Marrying Out: Jewish Men, Intermarriage, and Fatherhood, provied groundbreaking analysis about Jewish continuity by focusing on gender and change over time. She is a Forward 50 honoree for her activism in the Jewish #MeToo movement.


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Jewish Women and Intermarriage in the United States

Marriages between Jews and people of other faiths have long fascinated scholars, clergy, and communal leaders, who often considered the choice of a Jewish spouse as an indication of the strength of ethnoreligious identity and commitment to perpetuating Judaism and the Jewish people. However, many Jewish women who intermarry in the United States continue to identify Jewishly, engage in the Jewish community, and raise Jewish children.

This entry uses gender as category of analysis and change over time to illuminate the experience and meaning of interfaith marriage for Jewish women in America. It describes how women navigated their ethnoreligious identities when they married Gentile men, the influences of feminism, the rise of ethnic consciousness, and parenthood.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Keren R. McGinity." (Viewed on March 20, 2023) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/author/mcginity-keren>.


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