Texas Jewish Post (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 12, No. 33, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 14, 1958 Page: 2 of 8
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Page 2 Fort Worth Texas Jewish Post Thurs., Aug. 14, 1958
Between You and Me
(Copyright, 1958, Jewish Telegraph Agency, Inc-)
MIXED MARRIAGES: The question of mixed mar-
riages between Jews and non-Jews in the United
States is becoming more and more a topic of pub-
lic discussion as the upsurge in intermarriage con-
tinues . . . The latest contribution to this discussion
is a book by a Canadian rabbi, David Kirshenbaum,
just published by Bloch Publishing Company under
the title “Mixed Marriages and the Jewish Future
. . . The author draws a very gloomy picture of the
Jewish home, which he holds responsible for the
growing number of intermarriages in the United
States and Canada ... He finds the Jewish home
of today “an inn with vacant rooms, without a soul,
without character, without a culture” ... He also
considers the erection of new synagogues and Tal-
mud Torahs as nothing but “real estate Judaism**
... In the same way he considers the observance
of certain Jewish holidays nothing but “gastro-
nomic” Judaism ... He estimates that mixed mar-
riages among Jews in the United States consti-
tute between 20 and 30 percent of all Jewish mar-
riages . . . And he cites an investigation by a Hill-
el director among Jewish students ih Northwestern
University which revealed that 25 percent who were
asked if they would marry a non-Jew answered
“yes” . . . These students, he points out, had not
fallen in love with non-Jews, had accepted inter-
marriage in theory ... The same 25 percent indi-
cated that they had no particular association with
Jews or Judaism . . . The author relates a number
of tragedies resulting from mixed marriages, and
wonders whether the agonizing Jewish problem of
such marriages will ever be solved if Jews are not
educated to live a Jewish life in their homes and
not merely through belonging to a synagogue, or
making a contribution to a Jewish institution . . .
U.S. MINORITIES: When the first edition of
“Racial and Cultural Minorities,” published by
Harper, appeared several years ago, I termed it
“a monumental work on prejudice and discrimina-
tion” ... I predicted that the volume-the authors
of which are George Simpson and J. Milton Yinger
_would rank as a major contribution to social
science, because it has no equal in scholarly studies
on racial and religious bias . . . Today the book is
being used as a textbook on racial and ethnic rela-
tions in about 200 colleges and universities through,
outh the country . . . During the five years since
the first edition appeared, the volume has become
the most widely adopted book on minority groups
. . Its material on Jews has attracted attention
among all Jewish students of social science . . .
However, many changes have taken place during
the five years with regard to racial and religious
problems in the United States ... A new and
fully revised edition of the book has, therefore,
been published . . . The acclaim with which the
first edition of the book was received will no doubt
be matched by reviews of the second edition . . «-
The authors have displayed exceptional ability in
weaving in developments of the last five years in
the field of minority group relations . . . They
made the book even more valuable as a fund of
up-to-date, well-documfented information on all
the major aspects of majority-minority issues . . .
Two chapters in the book are devoted to anti-Se-
mitism . . . But Jewish readers will find also other
chapters of direct interest to them . . . These in-
clude intermarriage, family patterns of national
minorities in the United States, minorities in A-
merican economy, and most of the other chapters.
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Wisch, J. A. Texas Jewish Post (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 12, No. 33, Ed. 1 Thursday, August 14, 1958, newspaper, August 14, 1958; Fort Worth, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth755355/m1/2/: accessed November 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .