“Historian McGinity (Brown) makes an effort to evoke new perspectives on the intermarriage of US Jewish women during the 20th century.The author offers a brief candid assessment of her own experience, which seems contrary to accepted views that marrying "out" is a prescription for diminished religious and social identity, leading to assimilation.”
“McGinity's work makes clear the need for further study of intermarriage including experiences of Jewish men; comparisons of intermarried and in-married Jewish women; consideration of same-sex intermarriages; and, finally, larger sociological studies of contemporary women.”
"C. Wright Mills used the term "sociological imagination" to describe the insight a person has who "understand[s] the larger historical scene in terms of its meaning for the inner life and external career of a variety of individuals." In this regard McGinity's book reveals her own strong sociological imagination."-American Jewish History,
"If you thought there was nothing new to say about Jews and intermarriage, think again. McGinity's well-researched study focuses on American Jewish women who intermarried during the twentieth century and demonstrates that many of them not only remained Jewish but, paradoxically, became more Jewish, perhaps in response to the challenge of having a non-Jewish spouse. An invaluable addition to the scant scholarly literature on intermarriage, this volume shows that in intermarriage, as in so much else, gender matters."
-Jonathan D. Sarna,author of American Judaism: A History
"This compelling, impeccably researched book should make a huge difference in how we understand the contentious issue of intermarriage in the Jewish community. By putting Jewish women into the center of the story, McGinity offers a fresh perspective that challenges standard interpretations. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of Jewish life in America as well as for all those concerned with present-day patterns, policies, and outreach programs."
-Joyce Antler,Samuel Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture at Brandeis University
About the Author
Keren R. McGinity, Ph.D. is Associate Research Scientist at the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University, Scholar-in-Residence at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, and Visiting Scholar at the University of Michigan’s Frankel Center for Judaic Studies.