Founded in 2005, the JDC-International Centre for Community Development (JDC-ICCD) is located in Yarnton Manor, Oxford University. The JDC-ICCD is devoted to understanding the phenomena of Jewish community and identity more comprehensively. It aims to strengthen the overall quality and range of community development work across Europe and Latin America.
JDC-ICCD''s main focus is applied research aimed at analyzing ongoing changes and transformations taking place in Jewish life. Activities also include think tank sessions on community innovation, high-level conferences with field practitioners as well as training seminars with Oxford University professors for Jewish and non-Jewish professionals, lay leaders and organisations.
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Children of intermarriage in three European countries
Three separate research teams were involved in the yearlong project as they set out to interview children of mixed couples between the ages of 20 to 40 from France, the Netherlands and Germany. The result is a unique portrait depicting the thoughts, experiences, fears and longings of European young adults born to mixed couples.
November 3rd, 2014
Mixed marriages and their offspring are a reality that European Jewish communities are grappling with today. The ramifications are wide and touch upon a variety of aspects such as: Jewish continuity, demographic projections and inclusiveness. We see these studies as a contribution to the ongoing dialogue on this issue.
Even if each country presents its own specificities, among our key findings are:
-Even if the Jewish parents of children born out of mixed marriages “opted out” from Judaism, they never entirely disconnect from it.
-The children born out of mixed marriages who grew up in a Jewish household or who have been affiliated to Jewish institutions tend to develop stronger Jewish identities.
-Although significant differences exist between children with a Jewish mother and children with a Jewish father, in some cases their psychology is similar.
-Far from being passive, most of the interviewees who seek to be connected to Judaism demonstrate a very active attitude towards the search for a suitable Jewish environment; one that can assure them both legitimacy and acceptance.
All three reports (France, Netherlands and Germany) are now available for download. Each report has been published in both the mother tongue and in English.
To download the France report in French, click here
To download the France report in English, click here
To download the German report in German, click here
To download the German report in English, click here
To download the Dutch report in English, click here
To download the Dutch report in Dutch (Executive report only), click here