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?
If they were not raised as Jews, should they nevertheless be considered part of the Jewish population?
Add to all this the losses sustained through the high rate of intermarriage.
Once upon a time, it was thought by at least some sociologists that intermarriage could prove to be a demographic boon.
The fertility gap is especially enormous among Jewish women under the age of thirty-five; even though the gap narrows considerably over the course of the next ten years, at no point do Jewish women attain the fertility levels of their non-Jewish peers or bear children in numbers sufficient to offset population losses from natural causes.
It is true that low fertility rates among Jewish women are not a new phenomenon.