Intermarriage Among European Jews Raises Alarm

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The European Centre for Jewish Students (ECJS) said on Thursday it was alarmed over the results of new research showing a rise in the rate of intermarriage among European students.

According to a report in the European Jewish Press, the study found that there has been a rise of 17% in the rate of intermarriage in Europe. The annual research was conducted among a representative sample of Jewish communities and student organizations in Europe, ahead of “Shabbat Like a Jew”, an event which will gather several hundreds of students from across Europe in Athens, Greece, next weekend.

“The results of the 2011 study among students are really frightening,” Zeevi Ives, Director of ECJS, told EJP.

Tomer Orni, CEO of the European Jewish Union, added that the rising assimilation rates are “a troubling phenomenon. There is still much more to be done. The good news is that there are more engagement opportunities now for Jewish students across Europe who wish to get involved.

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