patrilineal

Definitions

  • Being considered Jewish because one's father but not mother is Jewish.

Example Sentences

  • 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/)

Languages of Origin

English

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Reform and Reconstructionist Jews

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

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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