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Intermarriage: The Argentine Case

ByYaacov Rubel

One of the most relevant findings for assessing the relationship between intermarriage and some indicators of belongingness and/or involvement in the Jewish community is the decision to send children to a Jewish school. However, many Jewish families and individuals are not connected to any institution and the lack of information prevents accurate estimation of the true extent of the intermarriage process. Argentina is a country with a surface area of approximately 3,000,000 square km and with important differences in the development of different regions. There have been cases of mixed marriages in Argentina from the beginning of the Jewish community in the second half of the nineteenth century. Another example is the Jewish community of the city of Rosario, one of the two largest Argentinian Jewish populations outside Buenos Aires. There is no comprehensive Jewish population study to enable full examination of the demographic situation of the Jews in Argentina.