It can seem like an over-the-top free for all sometimes, and even when you grow up in the middle of a big, close Jewish family, like I did, it can take a lifetime to get used to.When Jews date non-Jews, this can seem a bit overwhelming to someone who might have grown up in a more emotionally restrained environment.When I’ve dated Jewish men, sometimes there’s an immediate feeling of familiarity, even if we’ve just met.

Urbanites can take for granted the 24/7 availability of Jewish food, theater, educational and cultural organizations and houses of worship.

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.

Jewish Interfaith Dating and Intermarriage Whatever your own personal feelings are about intermarriage, there’s a very basic reason why Jewish community leaders urge Jews to date and marry other Jews: survival of the religion and culture.

There are approximately 6 million Jews in the United States, a little more than 2% of the overall population.

Jewish Dating – Reform, Conservative, Orthodox The thought of one Jewish person dating another Jewish person seems simple and straightforward, but sometimes it’s not.

In the US, more Jews identify themselves through Jewish culture and tradition than formal religious affiliation.

The close-knit sense of community that’s a major part of the Jewish culture is most clearly reflected within individual families.

There are many positive elements to the cultural stereotype of a Jewish family – warmth, lots and lots of love, unconditional support, and deep, intense family values (The food can be pretty terrific, too).

At the same time, after years of discrimination, Jews were finally being included in mainstream American life, which has led to a more blended population … When I was growing up in Queens, one of the suburban boroughs of New York City, the neighborhood was very ethnic and predominantly Jewish.