It is not surprising that children of same-faith marriages are more likely to feel secure in their identities, and therefore exhibit higher self-esteem and confidence.
Ben Shapiro, 16, vice president for communications of USY’s Far West region, said the firestorm of criticism after the teens’ vote shocked him when some interpreted the move as “signaling the end of Conservative Judaism as we know it.” He said he can see why people might think USY’s stance on dating outside the fold had softened.
In two separate instances in December, groups within Conservative Judaism — the second-largest movement of American Jews — appeared to challenge some of their own rules that discourage interfaith dating and matrimony: Unlike rabbis in Reform Judaism, the largest American stream of Judaism, Conservative rabbis may not preside at interfaith marriages.
Conservative Judaism has stood fast on this, even as it has embraced female rabbis and same-sex weddings and welcomed the non-Jewish spouses of congregants into its synagogues.
When asked which she liked better, Christmas or Chanukah, one little girl responded, "Christmas but you promise you wont tell my daddy?
" Think about it: what are the chances that this little girl will develop into a strong, self-confident young woman?