Laws, doctrines and practice: a study of intermarriages and the ways they challenged the Jewish Community of Helsinki from 1930 to 1970

  • Mercédesz Viktória Czimbalmos Åbo Akademi University

Abstract

The identities, customs and habits of religious congregations are tightly connected to the history of these congregations and to the specific religious tradition or denomination they consider themselves to be a part of. They are also shaped by the legislative and bureaucratic regulations and processes of the secular society that is surrounding them. The aim of this study is to further our knowledge of some of these aspects of Jewish life as they relate to the Jewish Community of Helsinki in the period 1930–70 by showcasing two examples that emerged as a result of the rising number of intermarriages in the congregation.

Keywords: intermarriage, vernacular practice, contemporary Judaism, Helsinki
How to Cite
Czimbalmos, M. (2019). Laws, doctrines and practice: a study of intermarriages and the ways they challenged the Jewish Community of Helsinki from 1930 to 1970. Nordisk Judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies, 30(1), 35-54. https://doi.org/10.30752/nj.77260