Leonard Saxe, Director
Director's Letter

I am grateful for the continued positive and constructive reactions to our report, Millennial Children of Intermarriage. As we hoped, the study has provoked a broader discussion about Jewish life throughout the lifespan. It has been particularly interesting to talk with those engaged in developing campus programs, including Birthright Israel. 

For those who haven't yet digested the study, our op-ed in The Forward this week focuses on key take-aways from the study. We are also publishing a series of blog posts exploring some of the less discussed, yet noteworthy findings from the report. In the first post, we discuss the role that Jewish grandparents can play in the Jewish development of children of intermarriage.
Ted Sasson, Fern Chertok, and I have been speaking at a number of venues about the report. Along with our launch discussion in New York, Ted presented the findings at a gathering of the UJA-Federation of NY, and I just returned from several presentations at the meetings of the URJ Biennial in Orlando, FL. Our schedule of speaking engagements is listed below.
Grandparents and Jewish Identity

This post is part of a series that takes a deeper look at some of the findings from our Millennial Children of Intermarriage report. The first installment looks at the relationship of children of intermarriage to their grandparents. We found that the relationship to Jewish grandparents can be extremely important for a child's later Jewish identity. Read more.

On the road

UJA-Federation of NY, New York, Oct. 28 (Theodore Sasson)
URJ Biennial, Orlando, FL, Nov. 5 (Leonard Saxe and Fern Chertok)
Birthright Israel Foundation, GA, November 15 (Fern Chertok)
USCJ Convention, Schamburg, IL Nov. 15 (Leonard Saxe)
Board of Hillels of Greater Phil., PA, Nov. 19 (Fern Chertok)
Temple Emanuel of Andover, Andover, MA, Nov. 20-21 (Leonard Saxe)
iCenter, Las Vegas, NV, Dec.1-3 (Leonard Saxe)
AJS Conference, Boston, MA, Dec. 13-15 (CMJS researchers)
The Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem, Israel, Dec. 16 (Theodore Sasson)
Jewish People Policy Institute, Israel, Dec. 17 (Theodore Sasson)
The Summer Institute for Israel Studies: 2015 Report

The Brandeis University Summer Institute for Israel Studies (SIIS) has prepared almost 250 college and university faculty members to teach about Israel within the frameworks of their own disciplines. As part of its on-going evaluation of SIIS, CMJS observed sessions, spoke informally with fellows, and conducted a survey with the 2004-14 cohorts regarding the impact of the program on teaching, scholarship, and related activities. Learn More.

Research in the News

How college can put the Jewish in children of intermarriage, Leonard Saxe, Fern Chertok, Theodore Sasson, The Forward, Read article  

What do Jewish college students really know about Israel, ejewishphilanthropy,  Annette Koren, Leonard Saxe, Shira Fishman, Read article

New study challenges bleak outcomes of intermarriage, NY Jewish Week, Read article

Children of intermarriage's attachment to Judaism most fluid in college, Times of Israel, Read article

Study: College experiences can boost Jewish identity for children of mixed marriage, RNSRead article

Multiracial millennial Jewish children of intermarriage--Are we meeting them where they are at?, Huffington Post, Read article

My Jewish kids are the product of intermarriage, and other reasons for hope, JTARead article

Most children of intermarriage aren't told they are exclusively Jewish, Jewish JournalRead article

Children of Intermarriage are reshaping the contours of American Jewish life, ejewishphilanthropyRead article