Rites of Passage: Conversionary in-Marriages in the Finnish Jewish Communities

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Debates over intermarriages and conversions are at the heart of Jewish concerns today. International studies outline a growing number of intermarriages or their considerations within several European countries and the United States. Yet, the Nordic context in general and the Finnish context specifically are understudied. The current study seeks to fill the gap in the existing research by contributing to the field of conversion studies in general and the research in Jewish intermarriages and conversions in particular in Europe and in Finland by analyzing newly gathered ethnographic materials from the years 2019-2020 through adapting Sylvia Barack Fishman's typology on conversionary in-marriages to the Finnish context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-27
JournalJournal of Religion in Europe
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • intermarriage
  • conversion
  • Judaism
  • Jewish identity


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