Interfaith dating jews
A 1954 article on the Jewish Youth Council Institute at a camp near Denver, reported that a prominent local Reform rabbi told participants that dating gentiles is a “step toward intermarriage.” However, the same article noted, in a discussion at the gathering “a majority of the teenagers present saw no connection between dates they might have and intermarriage, and wanted their parents to approve of interdating.” Similarly, a 1959 survey of 900 teens attending Reform movement camps found “they are strongly against intermarriage, although they do not oppose ‘dating’ non-Jews.” Of about 900 teen-agers questioned, 95 percent of those who answered the questionnaire said they would be reborn as Jews if they had a choice and had to do it over again.
Clearly, these are not the ideas of a people who think they are better than other nations.
By the time I reached my senior year of college, I'd had my life plan for about a decade already: go to college, major in political science, go to law school, get involved with politics.
This, I thought, was the best way for me to make the world a better place. I was (and am) passionate about my faith, I enjoyed Jewish learning and theological discussions and thought that perhaps the rabbinate would be a better way to make a difference.
As upset as I was, however, I wanted to know why they would want me to sign such a statement, especially when no other such promises were required on any other subject for ordination!
Moreover, both the Reform and Reconstructionist movements appeared to have no problem with having interfaith families in their congregations.