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NJPS: Rates of Intemarriage

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As previous analyses have shown and the NJPS data confirm, the intermarriage rate among American Jews climbed dramatically over the course of the second half of the twentieth century (see Table 14). The intermarriage rate for Jews who married before 1970 stands at 13%, rises to 28% for those whose marriages started in the 1970s, and then increases again to 38% for Jews married in the first half of the 1980s.

Since 1985, the rate of increase in intermarriages has slowed as intermarriage levels have stabilized in the mid-40% range. Among Jews whose marriages started in 1985-90, the intermarriage rate is 43%. The intermarriage rate is also 43% for Jews whose marriages began in 1991-95. Jews who have married since 1996 have an intermarriage rate of 47%.

Table 14. Intermarriage by year marriage began.

 

Year marriage began

Percent intermarried

Before 1970

13

1970-1979

28

1980-1984

38

1985-1990

43

1991-1995

43

1996-2001

47

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