To the Editor:
The article by Jonathan D. Sarna [“The Secret of Jewish Continuity,” October 1994] is disturbing because it encourages optimism and complacency at a time when there is no clear justification for either. The fact that Jews have survived despite what has occurred in the past has no bearing on what will happen in the future.
Mr. Sarna cites evidence to show that intermarriage is also prevalent among other religious and ethnic groups in America and that they remain relatively unconcerned by it. But this provides little solace to Jews who, in contrast to others, are in jeopardy of becoming an “endangered species” unless there is a major reversal of demographic trends.
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