Intermarriage has been part of the Jewish experience since the Bible. At times viewed positively and at other times negatively, it has been a preoccupation of American Jewish Culture at least since Al Jolson's "The Jazz Singer," the first "talkie" movie, and has been a major theme of writers like Philip Roth, TV shows like "Seinfeld" and many other American movies. Join Dr. Biale for a lively discussion examining how American Jewish culture has portrayed intermarriage and what this portrayal tells us about how American Jews see their relationship to America generally. We also will discuss the recent Pew study of American Jews which has shown the rate of intermarriage at about 60%, and ask what this study may tell us about the Jewish future.
David Biale is the Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor of Jewish History, Chair of the Department of History at the University of California, Davis, and the author of five books. His books have won the National Jewish Book Award three times and he has been awarded fellowships by the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Lady Davis Foundation. Most recently, he won the UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement. He is currently the Project Director of an international team writing a History of Hasidism.
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