- Being considered Jewish because one's father but not mother is Jewish.
- Jake's mother is not Jewish, but he is through patrilineal descent.
- "Nearly three decades after the Reform movement’s landmark 1983 decision to accept patrilineal Jews, the standard has yet to catch on with Conservative or Orthodox Jewry." (http://forward.com/articles/154009/patrilineal-jews-still-find-resistance/)
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Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Reform and Reconstructionist Jews
Patrilineal descent is accepted in the Reform and Reconstructionist movements; more traditionally observant Jews consider Jewish identity to be passed along only matrilineally - through the mother.
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