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Jewish Intermarriage Around the World: An Overview

ByShulamit Reinharz

This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book utilizes the terms mixed marriage, interfaith marriage, out-marriage, exogamy, and intermarriage to refer to the phenomenon. It concerns France, one of the largest Jewish communities of the Diaspora, with estimates ranging from 600,000 to 750,000 Jews. The book begins with the observation that cohabiting couples are more likely to be interfaith than are married couples. It deals with intermarriage in Mexico and Venezuela countries that it defines as being "remarkably successful examples of richly structured, attractive and resilient Jewish communities" during the second half of the twentieth century. The book offers a brief overview of the history of the approximately 100,000 Jews in Australia, stressing the fact that Australia has become one of the main countries of destination for Jewish migrants since World War II.