Now, about 30 percent of Jews are married to someone outside the faith.American Muslims are going through a similar transition, one that could profoundly change the Muslim experience in the United States.When it comes to intermarriage, Muslims are becoming the new Jews.About a century ago, when hundreds of thousands of Jews were immigrating to the United States, only about 1 percent, by some estimates, married non-Jews.
He says it was at this time he realised that Shaaz was more than just a friend for him.
Unlike the Jewish refugees from Eastern Europe, most of these Muslim immigrants, the biggest groups of whom arrived in the 1970s, were from the middle and upper classes and came for a university education.
Some planned to return to their countries, but as the political situation at home deteriorated, a large population settled here.
At the same time, Shaaz shares, her mother was trying to fix her up with some Muslim men.
When Jarred asked her out, the two had to deal with some tough questions; were they open to marrying someone outside their faith?