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Nevertheless, most of the teen-agers I interviewed believed in maintaining their Jewish identity and even envisioned joining a synagogue or temple.
However, they were hostile to Jewish Orthodoxy, professing to believe in Judaism "but in a moderate way".
One boy said querulously about Orthodox Jews: "It's the twentieth century, and they don't have to wear beards".
The reason offered for clinging to the ancestral faith lacked force and authority even in the teen-agers' minds.
"We were brought up that way" was one statement which won general assent.
"I want to show respect for my parents' religion" was the way in which a boy justified his inhabiting a halfway house of Judaism.
Still another suggested that he would join a temple "for social reasons, since I'll be living in a suburb".
Intermarriage, which is generally regarded as a threat to Jewish survival, was regarded not with horror or apprehension but with a kind of mild, clinical disapproval.
Most of the teen-agers I interviewed rejected it on pragmatic grounds.
"When you marry, you want to have things in common", a girl said, "and it's hard when you don't marry someone with your own background".
A fourteen-year-old girl from the Middle West observed wryly that, in her community, religion inconveniently interfered with religious activities- at least with the peripheral activities that many middle class Jews now regard as religious.