Do you feel the religion has become more important as the relationship grows? Does this difference in religions impact the relationship?Will said the Jewish women he has met and dated struck him as “more grounded” and “a lot more passionate” than his usual dating partners.Mary, a 48-year-old African-American psychologist who was raised Southern Baptist, said she decided she wanted to meet a Jewish man after discovering that a distant ancestor had been an Ethiopian Jew and hearing positive things about Jewish men.One of the main reasons, Riley finds, is that the older people get, the more likely they are to intermarry — and Jews tend to marry older than Americans generally, according to the 2000-01 National Jewish Population Survey.
She says assimilation has been a good and bad thing for American Jews.
“It doesn’t mean that anti-Semitism is over, but there’s much more philo-Semitism than anti-Semitism in America.” Riley says intermarriage is both a cause and effect of this phenomenon.
“The more you have exposure to people of other faiths, the more likely you are to like them and then marry them yourself,” she said.
“I have a positive bias toward Jewish men,” said Elizabeth, 37, a teacher in New York who was raised Christian.
“They tend to be very smart, successful, gentlemanly and less sexist.