Interfaith Families

Recent research on the formation of religious identity in interfaith families.

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Yet "children sometimes find religious expression powerful and meaningful despite the casualness of the religious environments that surround them," she wrote. "Ironically, Jewishness is perceived by some teenagers as preferable to Christianity and also preferable to secularism or atheism precisely because it is different."

Barack Fishman said that while the majority of the children of mixed married families may find Judaism less appealing because of its marginality, for some teens it is Judaism's distinctiveness that makes them lean toward committing to a Jewish identity.

"We need to take seriously the imperative to try and enhance the possibility that people will marry Jews and establish Jewish households," she said.

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Debra Nussbaum Cohen

Debra Nussbaum Cohen is a staff writer for The Jewish Week.