About

Offering Intermarriage Analysis and Advice

Founder's Academic Bio

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Keren R. McGinity is an educator-activist who specializes in Jewish intermarriage and gender roles. She is affiliated with the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and teaches at Brandeis University. As of November 1, 2020,
Dr. McGinity began her tenure as the Interfaith Specialist working towards greater diversity, equity, and inclusion at the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Dr. McGinity was the founding director of the Interfaith Families Jewish Engagement program at Hebrew College in Boston.

She was the inaugural Mandell L. Berman Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Contemporary American Jewish Life at the University of Michigan’s Frankel Center for Judaic Studies (2008–2010).

Dr. McGinity earned her Ph.D. from Brown University where she subsequently held an appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor of History (2005–2008). She also holds degrees from Harvard and Rutgers Universities.

Dr. McGinity’s pioneering book, Marrying Out: Jewish Men, Intermarriage, and Fatherhood (Indiana University Press, 2014), is the first gender history of intermarried Jewish men. Her earlier monograph, Still Jewish: A History of Women and Intermarriage in America (NYU Press, 2009), was selected as a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award.

Interweaving contemporary ethnography with traditional archival sources, these books significantly broaden the understanding of intermarried women and men by elucidating the meanings behind their choices, the Christians who marry them, and the influential role of popular culture. Dr. McGinity is the guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Jewish Identities on intermarriage and authenticity (January 2015).

Her research and writing have been generously supported by the Mandell L. Berman Foundation, the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the National Women’s Studies Association, Wellesley College, Brown University, the University of Michigan, and the Association for Jewish Studies Women’s Caucus.

Dr. McGinity has taught ethnic literature, history, sociology, American studies, gender studies, and Jewish studies. She was the maiden graduate research fellow at the Jewish Women’s Archive, where she currently serves on the Academic Advisory Council and is an active member of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry. She also serves on the Sexual Misconduct Task Force of the Association for Jewish Studies.

Mission

Love & Tradition is dedicated to opening hearts and broadening minds about intermarriage to build a fully inclusive Jewish Community.

Services Include:

  1. Conducting original research projects and disseminating new knowledge through public lectures, workshops, conferences, and small gatherings.
  2. Supporting interfaith couples and families.
  3. Serving as a liaison between academia and communities about the #MeToo movement and Jewish intermarriage.