As someone who was featured in a previous “Beshert” story and long-time subscriber to the JT, I was extremely disappointed to see two stories that both featured intermarried couples (“Same Difference,” Jan. 3, and “Relay for Life,” Jan. 17). During a time when intermarriage is soaring and we are fighting for our future as a people, the JT and its staff should be embarrassed to highlight newlyweds who are not even Jewish. This not only diminishes the magazine’s credibility as a Jewish publication, but also gives a stamp of approval to a life decision that could wipe out Judaism as we know it in a few generations.
Are there really not enough Jewish couples to write about? Is there really a lack of Jews in our community actually committed to preserving our 5,000-year-old heritage? I personally know of several couples, at different levels of observance, who recently got engaged or married. These couples are actually “committed to raising a Jewish family and keeping a Jewish home.”
Editor’s Note: Couples who wish to be featured in the “Beshert” column should contact 410-902-2305 or e-mail Linda.Esterson@verizon.net