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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.

The Centre''s goal is to generate and disseminate knowledge about successful models and strategies that build dynamic and self-sustainable communities.

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Operations Director Europe: Marcelo Dimentstein
Leatid Europe Director: Mario Izcovich
 
Board of Trustees:
Michel Calef
Mario Izcovich
Nathan Sandler
Judy Schwartz
Pablo Weinsteiner
Jacob Schimmel

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Choosing Each Other: Exogamy in the Jewish Community of Buenos Aires

Based on 130-in depth interviews with families living in Buenos Aires, "Choosing Each Other" represents the first study that delves with this problematic in Argentina.

“Mixed Marriage” or, more commonly, “marrying a goy” - how many times have we heard these expressions in our families and our communities without, in most cases, being followed by a catastrophic tone? Mixed marriage is seen by many community and religious leaders as the main threat to the continuity of Judaism. It is perceived by many Jewish families as a calamity and as a break with tradition. Yet it is a reality that is increasingly present in Argentina and the rest of the world.

In Argentina, very little is known about this phenomenon beyond the statistical data provided by the Jewish Population Study of Buenos Aires published by the Latin American office of the JDC in 2005. Even less is known about the motivations and life experiences of the people involved.

Based on 130-in depth interviews with families living in Buenos Aires, Choosing Each Other represents the first study that delves with this problematic in Argentina.

The merit of Ezequiel Erdei´s study is to listen to those who have chosen that path and to analyze the whys and hows. What are their life stories? What kind of experiences have they had with Jewish institutions? Why did they decide to marry a non-Jew? What do they want to transmit to their children? Do they identify with being a Jew? Would they like to participate with their family in community events?

With the publication of this work, JDC aims to generate a deep reflection that we hope will be useful for all Jewish institutions, whether religious, cultural or socio-athletic, in these extremely complex times. We hope that the study enriches the debate on a subject that, until now, has been little discussed.