The Struggle of Being Jewish

  • Carla G. Maumburg Simmons College

Abstract

Patrilineal Jews are a minority within a minority. As individuals born to Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, they may identify as Jewish but have questionable status within the greater Jewish community. Those who carry multiple identities and straddle the boundaries of communities may have to choose between their values and lifestyle, and access to the resources and support of community involvement. This narrative explores the challenges faced by patrilineal Jews from the perspective of values-based decision making. The author shares the story of her personal search for a place in the Jewish community.
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