Thanks to the Jewish Outreach Institute and L.A. Jewish Journal for informing me about Einat Wilf, an intermarried member of Israel’s parliament. Part of the somewhat beleaguered left-wing Labor party, Wilf joined the Knesset in January.
I’m assuming that Wilf, whose husband is German, is not the first Jewish MK married to a gentile. Nonetheless, she seems to be the first to speak out publicly about it, telling the Jewish Journal, “Long before I married, I thought the Jewish world was making a big mistake in counting intermarriage between Jews and non-Jews as minus one, not plus one.”
Intermarriage in Israel is a hugely complicated issue, one I touched on in a Jewish Week column two years ago and plan to explore more in the future. For now, suffice it to say that the fervently Orthodox monopoly on marriages, conversions and various other aspects of life in Israel creates countless headaches for interfaith families and their children.