The result of all this confusion is disagreement as to the total size of the American Jewish population.
Still, Jewish women in the United States are significantly less fertile than their white, Gentile counterparts.
As for their links with Jewish life, only a minority of children raised by dual-religion parents identify themselves with Judaism or with the institutions of the Jewish community.
Although a number of adult children of intermarriage do express “somewhat” of a connection with the Jewish component of their identity, such feelings are rarely translated into behavior.
What if a born Christian who has never undergone any type of formal conversion asserts an identification with the victims of the Holocaust or in some way claims to have joined the Jewish people?
What about the very common situation of a Gentile not married to but living in the same household with a Jew?