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Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 10:00 am

The Pew Research Center’s “A Portrait of Jewish Americans” has many disturbing findings about the fate of American Jewry and its rate of assimilation. The report is often quoted as stating that the Orthodox will grow at a rate that will overtake the rest of American Jewry due to the larger families that the Orthodox have.

The reason the Orthodox survive and thrive is not that the families are larger, but it is a community that works at making shiduchim (matches) that’s lacking among the other 90 percent of American Jews where finding a Jewish spouse is often hit or miss. Nowadays, 80 percent of Jewish singles intermarry. This is especially true outside of the major Jewish centers, such as here in Arizona where the overwhelming majority of the people that most Jewish singles come in contact with at work and in school – the two most common places where people meet and fall in love – are not Jewish. 

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