The change affects the 100 or so teen officers who serve on USY’s national board and 17 regional boards.The thousands of teens who participate in USY programs have not been subject to any such bans.We aim to provide opportunities for Interfaith couples and families to make connections and experience Judaism in a variety of synagogues, organizations and public spaces.Resources Community Connections Events Meet Our Team Find Jewish Clergy or Congregation The Baltimore Board of Rabbis and the JCC are offering a newly revamped Introduction to Judaism program taught in partnership with the Miller Intro to Judaism Program at American Jewish University.NEW YORK (JTA) – United Synagogue Youth voted to relax its rules barring its teenage board members from dating non-Jews.The amendment was adopted Monday in Atlanta at the annual international convention of the Conservative movement’s youth group.But for others, the move was simply an acknowledgment of prevailing norms among young non-Orthodox American Jews, many of whom were themselves raised in interfaith families.While the American Jewish community has become increasingly accepting of intermarriage, teens questioned restrictions on interdating even in earlier decades when marrying out of the Tribe was still taboo.
Such attitudes were not limited to unaffiliated Jewish teens; rather, most of these articles focused on teens who were active in Jewish life, whether through youth groups, Jewish summer camps, or Jewish sports competitions like the Maccabi Games.
A 1954 article on the Jewish Youth Council Institute at a camp near Denver, reported that a prominent local Reform rabbi told participants that dating gentiles is a “step toward intermarriage.” However, the same article noted, in a discussion at the gathering “a majority of the teenagers present saw no connection between dates they might have and intermarriage, and wanted their parents to approve of interdating.” Similarly, a 1959 survey of 900 teens attending Reform movement camps found “they are strongly against intermarriage, although they do not oppose ‘dating’ non-Jews.” Of about 900 teen-agers questioned, 95 percent of those who answered the questionnaire said they would be reborn as Jews if they had a choice and had to do it over again.
In 1966, the Wilkes-Barre, Pa., branch of the American Jewish Committee surveyed its teens and discovered that 84 percent were “unopposed to dating non-Jewish teen-agers, and two-thirds of them said they had dated non-Jews.
Small towners may feel the unique bond that exists in a tight-knit, minority community. Varying perceptions by non-Jews and a wide range of self-definition by Jews.
These factors raise issues in every facet of Jewish life, including dating.