NBC News is reporting that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is walking back statements about the “problem” of Jewish intermarriage made by DNC chairman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.).
“We have the problem of assimilation. We have the problem of intermarriage,” Wasserman Schultz can be heard saying at a Jewish community event in audio released by the Shark Tank political blog.
“We have the problem that too many generations of Jews don’t realize the importance of our institutions strengthening our community — particularly with the rise of anti-Semitism and global intolerance.”
NBC is reporting that in a statement by the DNC, Wasserman Schultz says, “At an annual Jewish community event in my congressional district, I spoke about my personal connection to Judaism and in a larger context about the loss of Jewish identity and the importance of connecting younger generations to the institutions and values that make up our community.”
“I do not oppose intermarriage; in fact, members of my family, including my husband, are a product of it,” Wasserman Schultz said in the statement.